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Native Shrubs

In the past few years, there has been an increasing interest in the propagation of native shrubs for forest environments. The reason for this has been primarily the implementation of the Forest Practices Code and its emphasis on the need to rehabilitate disturbed lands (e.g., roads, landings, and riparian areas), as well as the need to maintain biodiversity through species richness.

Native shrubs have been produced from a variety of species such as willow, dogwood, rose, Saskatoon berry, Oregon grape, and ninebark.

Nursery cultural regimes for these species are being developed at several forest seedling nurseries across B.C. (Plate 39). Native plant production research is ongoing at the Ministry of Forests Kalamalka Research Station, Vernon.

Plate 39.   A selection of native shrubs growing in styroblocks at the Ministry of Forests, Kalamalka Research Station, Vernon. Photo credit: Andrea Eastham.

A selection of native shrubs.

Production systems and stock types for native shrubs are similar to those used for growing conifers (Plate 40).

Plate 40.   Rosa woodsii and Physocarpus capitatus (ninebark) grown in styroblocks.

Rosa woodsii and Physocarpus capitatus grown in styroblocks.

For aid in selecting native plants for reforestation projects, contact regional reforestation staff, nursery services staff, nurseries who have grown these plants, and research staff. Other publications will be forthcoming soon to aid in this area.

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Spruce (Sx)

Lodgepole Pine (Pli/Plc)

Western Redcedar (Cw)

Coastal Douglas-fir (Fdc)

Interior Douglas-fir (Fdi)

Sitka Spruce (Ss and Sxs)

Western Larch (Lw)

Western White Pine (Pw)

Yellow Pine (Py)

Subalpine Fir (Bl)

Amabilis Fir (Ba)

Noble Fir (Bn)

Grand Fir (Bg)

Western Hemlock (Hw)

Mountain Hemlock (Hm)

Yellow-cedar (Yc)


Native Shrubs

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