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Shoreline Buffer Management

Beneficial Buffer Plants for New York Sunset Island Scenic

Beneficial Buffers: Native Plants For Ponds & Lakes In New York State

Establishing a beneficial buffer around your lake or pond’s shoreline and littoral zone can help reduce the likelihood of water quality issues and erosion damage. Buffers also provide habitat for native birds, help deter geese, and hinder mosquitoes by minimizing habitat for their breeding. Beneficial buffers should be composed of native grasses and flowering species and should extend three to five feet or more from the water’s edge to receive maximum benefits. 

Below are native buffer plants to New York State. These plant species will help filter excess nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen from entering the water column where they can potentially fuel algal blooms and nuisance aquatic plant growth. In addition, native plants can also help secure the shoreline with their roots, helping keep soil in place when natural erosion occurs. 

Please reference the USDA plant database to confirm a plant is native to your area before adding it to your beneficial buffer.

Native Buffer Plants to New York State

Buffer Plants American Cranberry Bush

American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum trilobum)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plant - Black-Eyed Susans

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Blood Root

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plant - Blue Mistflower

Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium Coelestinum)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plant - Bulrush

Bulrush (Schoenoplectus spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plant - Buttonbush

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus Occidentalis)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Foam flowers

Foam Flowers (Tiarella cordifolia)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plant - Highbush Blueberry

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium Corymbosum)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Horsetail

Horsetail (Equisetum Hyemal)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Indian Wood Oats

Indian Wood Oats (Chasmanthium Latifolium)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants - Iris

Iris (Iris spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Jewelweed

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Lizard's Tail

Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia Todaro)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Penstemon

Penstemon (Penstemon Digitalis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed (Pontedaria Cordata)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Red Twig Dogwood

Redtwig Dogwood (Cornus Sericea)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Rush

Rush (Juncus spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Shrubby Cinquefoil

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Pentaphylloides floribunda)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Silverberry

Silverberry (Elaeagnus Commutata)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Spikerush

Spikerush (Eleocharis spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Summersweet

Summersweet (Clethra Alnifolia)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants- Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata L)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buffer Plants Sweet Flag

Sweet Flag (Acorus Calamus)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Trillium

Trillium (Trillium spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Water Willow

Water Willow (Justicia Americana)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
White Turtlehead

White Turtlehead (Chelone Hlabra)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
White waterlily

White Waterlily (Nymphaea spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Winterberry

Winterberry (Ilex Verticillata)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Yellow Lilly

Yellow Lilly (Nuphar spp)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
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