Wooden Surface

The following species are native to southeastern Massachusetts and grow well along the challenging conditions of a roadside. These species tolerate depleted soils, salt runoff, and even an occasional tire track. Click on the species to take you within our website for more information. See the chart at the bottom of this page for more specific information on sun, soil, and plant specifics.


Additional shrubs that tolerate roadside conditions:

Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Gray dogwood (Swida racemosa)

Silky dogwood (Swida amomum)

Hazelnut (Corylus americana)

Pussy willow (Salix discolor)

Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

Sweet-fern (Comptonia peregrina)

Wild raisin (Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides)

Red-osier dogwood (Swida sericea)

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) 

Rosy meadowsweet (Spiraea tomentosa) 

White meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)

Flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)

Wild rose (Rosa Carolina)

Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata)

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Wooden Surface

For more reading on native plants that tolerate roadside conditions, we recommend the following links: