Value for rehabilitation of disturbed sites
Because of its tolerance of wet soils, rapid establishment and growth, and potentially extensive rooting of prostrate stems, redosier dogwood is often recommended for stream bank revegetation and erosion control [99,115,167]. It is also a useful choice in regevetation because of its ability to shade streams and provide structural diversity for wildlife and birds .
Redosier dogwood may also be useful in the revegetation of roadside cuts and mine sites. Survival of redosier dogwood was 94% in the 4th year after bareroot stock was spring planted on a roadside cut in the Coram Experimental Forest in northwestern Montana . In a greenhouse study, redosier dogwood survived and was resistant to short-term exposure to consolidated tailings collected from a holding pond at an oil sand mine site . In another greenhouse study, redosier dogwood seedlings tolerated salinity concentrations of up to 50 mM. High salinity levels are characteristic of oil sand mine tailings . On amended Athabasca oil sand tailings, redosier dogwood was listed among the species with the most variable survival rates (0-89%) .
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