What are Shrubs That Absorb Water?

Updated February 21, 2017

Shrubs are woody perennials with a short to medium mature height of generally less than 12 feet in height. Shrubs are either deciduous or evergreen, flowering or non-flowering and grow in a variety of different soils, including clay or wet. For excessively moist grounds, the best shrubs are the ones that can thrive in wet soil and absorb water from the wet ground. Water-loving shrubs are some of the best landscaping plants in areas that gets snow and consequently end up with wet winter soil.

Red Chokeberry

The slow-growing Red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) reaches a mature height of about 6 to 8 feet. The shrub absorbs water and thrives in wet or continually wet soils. Red chokeberry is deciduous and bears inedible, bitter, tart, bright-red fruit. The shrub grows well in partial to full sun. A native of North America, red chokeberry is a shrub of choice in the poorly drained areas of the landscape. The plants blooms with white flowers during spring and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.

Kelsey's Dwarf Red-Osier Dogwood

Kelsey’s dwarf red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Kelsey) is a North American native shrub that is one of the best solution for very wet grounds as a water-absorbing shrub. Low and compact the shrub grows to a mature height of 2 to 2-½ feet with an equal spread. Given the small size of the shrub, it is commonly mass planted. The deciduous dwarf red-osier dogwood prefers areas of full sun to partial shade. The plant has a moderate growth rate and blooms with white flowers during spring. Kelsey’s dwarf red-osier grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 8.

Canyon Blue Arctic Blue Leaf Willow

Canyon blue arctic blue leaf willow (Salix purpurea ‘Canyon Blue’) is a dwarf-sized shrub favoured for both its ability to absorb water and thrive in consistently wet soils and its purple stems with blue-grey foliage. The shrub is deciduous and is commonly chosen for the very wet landscape areas. Canyon blue arctic blue leaf willow has a fast growth rate, growing to a mature height of 4 to 5 feet with a rounded form. The shrub blooms with red flowers in spring and prefers to grow in areas of full sun. The plant is often grown as a hedge and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7.

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