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Native Shrubs to Plant with Viburnum in New Jersey

Author: Anne Van Nest
Date: Tuesday - February 11, 2014
From: New Egypt, NJ

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


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

Cercis canadensis

Cornus florida

Fothergilla gardenii

Ilex opaca

Kalmia latifolia

Malus coronaria

Nyssa sylvatica

Rhododendron arborescens

Rhus copallinum

Rhododendron prunifolium

Sassafras albidum

Vaccinium angustifolium
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