Native species to Maryland

Asked September 17, 2019, 7:21 PM EDT

What are the best species trees to plant that are evergreen and provide the best sound buffering from road noise?

Montgomery County Maryland plant selection native evergreen

1 Response

Consider planting a mix of different tree species (evergreen and deciduous) so you do not lose the whole stand to an insect or disease issue. You will have to look at the site sun versus shade and the mature height and width of the plants.
Depending upon your location and spacing you can stagger about two rows of evergreens of different species (if you have the space) and plant some deciduous flowering native trees in front of the rows such as witchhazel, redbud, serviceberry, etc.
You may want to contact some landscapers for more recommendations and design based on the site.

Here is a good reference and resources for native plants. See the mature height, etc. Consider American holly, eastern red cedar, sweetbay magnolia, thuja occidentalis, chamaecyparis thyoides, eastern white pine
non-native - juniper sp, cryptomeria japonica
https://www.fws.gov/Chesapeakebay/pdf/NativePlantsforWildlifeHabitatandConservationLandscaping.pdf
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/native-plant-resources

Here are some links that may be helpful http://articles.extension.org/pages/62185/tips-for-using-plants-to-reduce-noise-in-the-landscape
https://extension.psu.edu/using-trees-and-shrubs-for-privacy-and-wind-screening
Use for ideas only. Plant list may contain plants not recommended and grow in this area.

Marian