En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Tuesday - February 11, 2014

From: New Egypt, NJ
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Shrubs, Trees
Title: Native Shrubs to Plant with Viburnum in New Jersey
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

Please provide me with a list of native shrubs, plants etc. for New Jersey that would work with my existing native viburnum.

ANSWER:

To compile a list of native plants to consider as companions for your native viburnums go to our Native Plant Database.  Under Combination Search, select the following categories: State – New Jersey, Habit – shrubs, and Duration – perennial. This will give you a large list of 167 shrubs to consider. You can further narrow down the list of potential plants by indicating Light Requirement – sun, part shade or shade, Soil Moisture – dry, moist or wet and your Height preference. You can narrow that search even further by filtering by specific blooming times or blooming colors also.

If you don’t want to do your own search, The Wildflower Center has put together a list of over 100 native plant species (perennials, shrubs and trees) suitable in New Jersey for you to consider. As you look through this list consider the light exposure and soil moisture requirements so that a compatible viburnum companion is found.  Some pictures of these plants have been included below. Good luck with your selection.

 

From the Image Gallery


Eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis

Flowering dogwood
Cornus florida

Dwarf witchalder
Fothergilla gardenii

American holly
Ilex opaca

Mountain laurel
Kalmia latifolia

Sweet crabapple
Malus coronaria

Blackgum
Nyssa sylvatica

Smooth azalea
Rhododendron arborescens

Winged sumac
Rhus copallinum

Plumleaf azalea
Rhododendron prunifolium

Sassafras
Sassafras albidum

Late lowbush blueberry
Vaccinium angustifolium

More Trees Questions

Failure to thrive of pecan trees in Las Vegas NV
October 11, 2009 - In April this year I purchased two 8-foot tall pecan trees in 3-foot square boxes from a local nursery and planted them here in Southern Nevada. I'm sure I dug a large enough hole to provide plenty ...
view the full question and answer

Natural lifespan of wild plum trees
May 12, 2008 - We have a small border of Wild Plum Trees in our yard. Every year it seem that one or two of the biggest trees die. Do they have a specific life span? We transplanted the trees/bushes from the panh...
view the full question and answer

Newly planted anacacho leaf browning
October 15, 2007 - I have just put my anacacho orchid into the ground and its leaves are turning brown and falling off. Is that normal for this time of year, or have I shocked it? What can I do to ensure its health?
view the full question and answer

Interested in a mini food forest
February 04, 2013 - I am interested in starting a mini "food forest" in a twelve foot by twelve foot patch of earth next to my house. I'd like to put a focus on making sure that the bulk of the plants I introduce are ...
view the full question and answer

Mountain Laurel and Desert Willow in pots or ground in Brady, TX
May 09, 2006 - I would really appreciate your advice if a Texas Mountain Laurel (now a 1 gal. size) and a Desert Willow (now a 3 gal.) are good candidates for planting in containers and, if so, what size for each? ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center