Roadside Plantings of Merit

Improve the appearance of your roadside and help prevent invasives, scrub and volunteer trees. After cleaning up your roadside and removing invasives, refer to the planting guidelines. Then replant with native species. See the pdf files below for some suggestions:

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  Deciduous Shade Trees (pdf, 10.4 MB)
  Evergreen and Deciduous Evergreen Trees
(pdf, 4.6 MB)
  Understory Trees
(pdf, 8.3 MB)
  Understory Shrubs
(pdf, 2.8 MB)
     Native Perennial Groundcovers
(pdf, 8 MB)
  Native Wildflowers
(pdf, 2.8 MB)
  Native Ferns
(pdf, 312 KB)
  Native Perennial Grasses
(pdf, 1020 KB)
  Native Sedges
(pdf, 2.5 MB)

The photographs and descriptive information used for the Roadside Planting Lists of Merit are from the following sources:

Dirr, Michael A.. Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. OR: Timber Press, 1997.

Brand, Mark H.. “UConn Plant Database of Trees, Shrubs and Vines.” Plants University of Connecticut.

MacNeil, Linda H.. Lincoln, MA. Photographs.

Seiler, Dr. John R. and John A. Peterson. “Dendrology at Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Stuart, Tom. “Hardy Fern Library.”

USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (, 11 May 2009). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

The Right Tree in the Right Place, copyright 2008 Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri, Missouri Conservationist Magazine Volume 69, Issue 3, March 2008