With record-setting rainfall all around the state and rivers rising more often, some landowners may be inundated with water like they’ve never seen before. That’s where our native trees and shrubs come in. Plants can act as sponges, their roots taking up water and serving as a sustainable, renewable means of flood remediation. The Maryland Forest Service recommends the following trees and shrubs for residents dealing with recurring flood issues, as well as coastal landowners faced with potential saltwater intrusion. Refer to the grow zone map to determine whether you are in the Mountain, Piedmont or Coastal Plain. In parentheses after each species are additional notes on approximate conditions they tolerate. As point of reference regarding salinity, ocean water is 35 ppt.
Coastal Plain Zone
(Information source and map: Chesapeake Bay Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
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