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Wet sun shrubs include small shrubs under 4 feet in height, medium shrubs between 4 and 8 feet and large shrubs reaching over 8 feet. Part sun plants require 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, while full sun plants require more than 6 hours.

Note that, in each list, wet sun shrubs from different climate zones with different growing conditions may be mixed together. Before making a final choice on any given plant, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right shrub for the right place.

Small part sun wet shrubs

Small part sun wet shrubs (under 4 feet) require between 4 and 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and can thrive in wet soil.

Scientific name Common name
Aronia melanocarpa Black Chokeberry
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
Dirca palustris Leatherwood
Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot
Zenobia pulverenta Dusty Zenobia

Medium part sun wet shrubs

Medium part sun wet shrubs (between 4 and 8 feet) require between 4 and 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and can thrive in wet soil.

Scientific name Common name
Aronia melanocarpa Black Chokeberry
Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry

Large part sun wet shrubs

Large part sun wet shrubs (over 8 feet) require between 4 and 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and can thrive in wet soil.

Scientific name Common name
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis Shadblow Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora Apple Serviceberry
Cornus amomum Silky Dogwood
Cornus racemosa Gray Dogwood
Cornus sericea Redosier Dogwood
Hamamelis vernalis Vernal Witchhazel
Ilex decidua Possumhaw
Ilex verticillata Common Winterberry
Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
Salix purpurea Purpleosier Willow
Salix sachalinensis ‘Sekka’ Japanese Fantail Willow
Salix discolor True Pussy Willow
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum opulus European Cranberrybush Viburnum

Small full sun wet shrubs

Small full sun wet shrubs (under 4 feet) require more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and can thrive in wet soil.

Scientific name Common name
Aronia melanocarpa Black Chokeberry
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
Myrica gale Sweetgale
Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot
Zenobia pulverenta Dusty Zenobia

Medium full sun wet shrubs

Medium full sun wet shrubs (between 4 and 8 feet) require more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and can thrive in wet soil.

Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry

Large full sun wet shrubs

Large full sun wet shrubs (over 8 feet) require more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and can thrive in wet soil.

Scientific name Common name
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis Shadblow Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora Apple Serviceberry
Cornus amomum Silky Dogwood
Cornus racemosa Gray Dogwood
Cornus sericea Redosier Dogwood
Hamamelis vernalis Vernal Witchhazel
Ilex decidua Possumhaw
Ilex verticillata Common Winterberry
Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
Salix purpurea Purpleosier Willow
Salix sachalinensis ‘Sekka’ Japanese Fantail Willow
Salix discolor True Pussy Willow
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum opulus European Cranberrybush Viburnum

Consider visiting our Wet sun plants page, where you will find general information on growing plants in wet sunny locations.

Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.

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