road salt tolerant

Asked December 11, 2018, 7:28 PM EST

We get a lot of road salt and gravel thrown into our yard by the snow plows in the winter. Grass isn't growing very well in this areal but the weeds are. I am tired of trying to rake all that gravel back into the street every spring. I would like to put a 4 or 5 feet wide garden along the street and use the gravel as "mulch", Are there shrubs etc. that would tolerate the salt? Because of city ordinances, they can be no taller than 4 feet. Thanks for you help.

Isanti County Minnesota

1 Response

According to experts at the University of Maine, the following shrubs tolerate high soil salt levels:

Caragana arborescens Siberian Peashrub
Dasiphora (Potentilla) fruticosa Potentilla
Elaeagnus commutata Silverberry
Euonymus japonica Spindle Tree
Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfitzeriana’ Pfitzer Juniper
Rhus typhina Staghorn Sumac
Shepherdia canadensis Buffaloberry
Spiraea x vanhoutteiVanhoutte Spirea
Symphoricarpos albus Snowberry
Syringa vulgaris Common Lilac

The size of some, but not all, cultivars of these plants will be suitable. Consider this before making a choice.

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