City Trees

July/August 2018

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Cornell's Urban Horticulture Institute has released the second edi- tion of its Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention Practices (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions). The updated and expanded 57-page guide is an essential resource for choosing plants that can provide low-main- tenance, attractive cover for fil- ter strips, swales, rain gardens, and other stormwater reten- tion and infiltration practices. "For plants to thrive in stormwa- ter retention areas, they need to be able to tolerate both dry and periodically saturated soils," says UHI Director Nina Bassuk, pro- fessor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. "These can be tough sites with high pH and salt lev- els, so it's important to choose the right plants for the job." u p d a t e d Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention a free, 57-page guide by Dropkin, Bassuk, and Signorelli In addition to profiling more than 35 shrubs—including their hardiness, sun and soil requirements, potential pest issues, and deer resistance—the guide also details site assessment and design considerations for stormwater retention structures. Descriptions also include cultivar information and ecological impacts, such as attractiveness to pol- linators. Download the guide here.

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