Seaside Gardening Guide

See what’s growing in these enchanting spaces by the sea.

5 Trees to Plant by the Sea

What works (and what doesn't) when it comes to planting trees by the shore.

Crape myrtle
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Crape myrtle

Plant: Crape myrtle
It loses fewer branches than most trees in high winds and rain, and grows best on the Gulf and southern Atlantic coasts, and from Maryland to Florida.

Reconsider: Sand pine
Aptly named for its natural growth in sandy soil, this often tall tree has a shallow root system, making it a vulnerable and potentially damaging wind target.

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