Stream Restoration

Mellow Marsh Farm specializes in propagating plant material for large Stream Restoration projects. We are unique in providing all types of plant material for Stream Restoration.

Bare Root seedlings: we focus on native riparian trees and shrubs, particularly the hard to find species not available from conventional nurseries. Our seedlings are polymer-dipped and stored in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment to ensure quality.

Container Trees and Shrubs: we have over 100 species of native trees and shrubs in a variety of container sizes – including economical, easy to handle tublings. We have large quantities – over 100,000 stems in stock!

Live stakes: we cut our bioengineering materials – live stakes, whips, and mattress materials– to comply with State regulatory specifications. Materials are cut to order and stored in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. Large quantities available!

Native Seed Mixes: Mellow Marsh Farm has over 60 years of collective experience formulating native seed mixes. Our Standard Mixes are designed specifically for ecoregions of the Southeast and include the MMF Riparian Buffer Mix, MMF Swale Mix, and MMF Stabilization Mix. We also formulate custom mixes tailored to your project site and budget.

Acer negundo
Box elder

Fast growing deciduous tree with pinnately compound leaves.

Acer rubrum
Red maple

Fast growing deciduous tree, widely adaptable with beautiful fall foliage.

Aesculus flava
Yellow buckeye

(Aesculus octandra) Small to medium sized tree with numerous creamy yellow flowers in spring.  

Aesculus pavia
Red buckeye

Showy understory shrub with attractive crimson flowers in the early spring.

Aesculus sylvatica
Painted buckeye

Showy understory shrub with attractive yellow flowers in the early spring.

Alnus serrulata
Tag alder

Broad-leaved deciduous shrub with persistent seed cones.

Amelanchier arborea
Downy service-berry

A small tree or shrub with a narrow, round crown and white elongate petals at the branch tip.

Amelanchier canadensis
Serviceberry

Multi stemmed shrub or small tree with numerous white flowers early in the season. Fruits (pomes) are dark purple when ripe in June-July. Edible and sweet.

Andropogon gerardii
Big bluestem

Native grass with variable color; inflorescence from bronze to gray blue, plant from red to brown and purple.

Andropogon glomeratus
Bushy beardgrass

Native grass with reddish leaves and stems; conspicuous bushy seed heads.  Low salt tolerance.

Andropogon virginicus
Broomsedge

Native grass, reddish stems and leaves, white feathery inflorescence.

Aronia arbutifolia
Red chokeberry

Large shrub, simple serrate leaf; pinkish to white flowers, black drupe.

Asimina triloba
Pawpaw

Clonal understory tree with large simple leaves and edible fruits.

Betula nigra
River birch

Small tree, attractive flaking bark.

Callicarpa americana
American beautyberry

Deciduous shrub; arching stems; showy fucshia-colored fruits, lovely scent to stems and leaves.

Carex crinita
Fringed sedge

Tall, grass-like sedge with drooping seed heads.

Carex glaucescens
Southern waxy sedge

Grass-like sedge with bluish color and terminal spikes.

Carex grayi
Gray's sedge

Pretty sedge with interesting seed head.

Carex intumescens
Bladder sedge

Clump-forming, medium sized carex.

Carex lupulina
Hop sedge

Grass-like sedge with pineapple-shaped seed head.

Carex lurida
Shallow sedge

Grass-like sedge forming large clumps.

Carex stricta
Tussock sedge

Grass-like sedge forming mounds or tussocks.

Carex vulpinoidea
Fox sedge

A bunch type sedge with small yellow-green leaves.

Carpinus caroliniana
American hornbeam

A small deciduous tree with white flowers that bloom at the branch tip; attractive fall foliage.

Carya aquatica
Water hickory

A large deciduous tree of floodplains and bottomlands.

Carya glabra
Pignut hickory

Large deciduous tree with abundant pear shaped nuts in September-October. Attractive golden fall foliage.

Carya ovata
Shagbark hickory

Large deciduous tree with characteristic shaggy bark. Abundant sweet nuts in September-October and brilliant golden fall foliage.

Carya tomentosa
Mockernut hickory

Large deciduous tree. Abundant sweet nuts in September-October and brilliant golden fall foliage.

Ceanothus americanus
New Jersey tea

Low deciduous shrub with dark glossy leaves and bright white flower clusters. 

Celtis laevigata
Sugarberry

Medium sized deciduous tree with characteristic warty bark.

Celtis occidentalis
Hackberry

Medium sized deciduous tree.

Cephalanthus occidentalis
Button bush

Shrub-tree, white globe-shaped flowers, red foliage and seed heads in fall.  High salt tolerance.

Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud

Early flowering small tree bearing pink to purple flowers on both the stems and trunk "cauliflory".

Chamaecyparis thyoides
Atlantic white cedar

Medium-sized evergreen tree, similar to Juniperus virginiana.

Chasmanthium latifolium
River oats

Grass with graceful arching panicle.

Chionanthus virginicus
Fringe tree

Showy native shrub with fragrant early flowers borne on drooping axillary panicles.

Clethra alnifolia
Sweet pepper bush

Shrub or small tree with spikes of fragrant white flowers.

Cornus amomum
Silky dogwood

Spreading, deciduous shrub; inflorescence a cyme of small white flowers; blue fruits.

Cornus florida
Flowering dogwood

Small deciduous tree with showy white bracts in April-May.

Corylus americana
American hazelnut

Spreading understory shrub bearing long catkins in late winter and sweet edible nuts in August-September.

Cyrilla racemiflora
Titi

Tall shrub or tree; semi evergreen; dangling racemes of white flowers.

Diospyros virginiana
Persimmon

Understory tree; large fruits; good wildlife value.

Elymus hystrix
Bottlebrush grass

A bristle-like tall grass with seed heads like a bottlebrush. Grows in clumps.

Elymus virginicus
Virginia wild rye

A showy grain-like grass with heads spiked with awns, and green basal leaves.

Equisetum hyemale
Horsetail

Reed-like; stems are round, dark green, unbranched, and jointed.

Eubotrys racemosus
Swamp doghobble

Tardily deciduous shrub with delicate bell shape flowers on racemes.

Euonymus americanus
Strawberry bush

Striking fuchsia-colored seed capsule opens to expose bright red seeds.

Fagus grandifolia
American beech

Shade tolerant smooth barked late successional deciduous tree.

Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Green ash

Fast growing canopy tree, opposite compound leaves.

Gleditsia triacanthos
Honey locust

Small to medium sized deciduous tree with thorns and numerous large bean pods in the fall. 

Hamamelis virginiana
Witch hazel

Small deciduous tree, early spring flowers; deeply veined serrate leaves.

Ilex decidua
Possum haw

Broad-leaved deciduous shrub; tolerates full shade; orange/red berries.  Low salt tolerance.

Ilex glabra
Inkberry

Evergreen rhizomatous shrub with black drupes.  Low salt tolerance.

Ilex opaca
American holly

Medium sized broadleaf evergreen tree with numerous bright red drupes.  Medium salt tolerance.

Ilex verticillata
Winterberry

Multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with brilliant red drupes persisting into midwinter.

Ilex vomitoria
Yaupon

Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree with red berries remaining until late winter. 

Itea virginica
Virginia sweetspire

Shrub with white bell-shaped flowers in dense drooping racemes.

Juncus effusus
Soft rush

Grass-like rush with stiff stems, 3 to 4 feet tall, grows in clumps.

Juniperus virginiana
Eastern red cedar

A dense slow growing tree with adapressed scale-like leaves and berry-like seed cones.

Lindera benzoin
Spice bush

Shrub with aromatic stems and leaves, red stems and red fall foliage.

Liquidambar styraciflua
Sweet gum

Large deciduous tree often a pioneer of unused fields and roadsides with distinctive spiked compound fruit.

Liriodendron tulipifera
Tulip poplar

Very large deciduous tree with uniquely shaped four lobed simple leaves and large showy flowers. Often a pioneer of unused fields and roadsides.

Lyonia lucida
Fetterbush

Broadleaf evergreen colony forming shrub with delicate bell shaped flowers on a drooping panicle.

Magnolia virginiana
Sweetbay magnolia

A small semi-deciduous tree with glossy foliage and showy white flowers.

Morella cerifera
Wax myrtle

Aromatic evergreen shrub or small tree with waxy bluish berries.  Low salt tolerance.

Nyssa aquatica
Water tupelo

Deciduous tree with broad, simple leaves; fruits are dark blue drupes.  Low salt tolerance.

Nyssa biflora
Swamp tupelo

Deciduous tree generally inhabiting wetlands with dark blue drupes and brilliant red early fall foliage. 

Nyssa sylvatica
Black gum

Understory tree, red foliage in fall, black drupes.

Oxydendrum arboreum
Sourwood

Small tree or large shrub, with cream white flowers borne in terminal panicles in June-July. Brilliant red foliage in early autumn.

Panicum virgatum
Switchgrass

Tall sod-forming native; very drought resistant.  Low salt tolerance.

Persea borbonia
Swamp bay, Red bay

Aromatic evergreen shrub/small tree, shiny leaves, blue-black fruits.

Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark

Showy deciduous shrub with beautiful clusters of bell shaped flowers and characteristic peeling bark.

Platanus occidentalis
Sycamore

Fast growing broad-leafed deciduous tree.

Populus deltoides
Cottonwood

Large fast growing deciduous tree of floodplains and river banks.

Prunus serotina
Black cherry

A large deciduous tree often a pioneer of unused fields and fence lines with numerous white flowers in spring followed by dark fruits.

Quercus alba
White oak

A long lived deciduous oak with seven to nine lobed leaves.

Quercus coccinea
Scarlet oak

Large canopy oak; leaves with deeply cut sinuses.

Quercus falcata
Southern red oak

A medium to large deciduous oak with a characteristic long and narrow central lobe relative to other red oaks.

Quercus lyrata
Overcup oak

A medium sized deciduous oak with acorns nearly completely enclosed in the cup.

Quercus michauxii
Swamp chestnut oak

Large canopy oak with chestnut-like leaves.

Quercus nigra
Water oak

A medium sized tardily deciduous oak.

Quercus palustris
Pin oak

A deciduous oak with a characteristic spreading crown in mature trees.

Quercus phellos
Willow oak

Large, fast growing oak with willow-like leaves.

Quercus rubra
Northern red oak

Large deciduous oak with seven to nine lobed dentate leaves.  Medium salt tolerance.

Quercus shumardii
Shumard's oak

A large deciduous red oak with seven to nine lobed dentate leaves.

Rosa palustris
Swamp rose

Rambling rose with delicate pink flowers June through October.

Salix caroliniana
Carolina willow

Small deciduous tree, often with irregularly shaped trunk and arching branches; leaves glaucus beneath.

Salix nigra
Black willow

Fast growing multi stemmed tree; good for stream bank stabilization.

Salix sericea
Silky willow

Deciduous shrub or small tree, leaves have silky undersides.

Sambucus canadensis
Elderberry

Medium to large deciduous shrub with large umbels of white flowers and conspicuous purple to black fruits.

Sassafras albidum
Sassafras

Small to medium sized deciduous tree with three distinct leaf patterns. All parts of the tree are fragrant and it bears blue-black drupes in the late summer. 

Schizachyrium scoparium
Little bluestem

An important widespread native grass; bluish green in early summer, turning a rich tan-brown and wine-red in fall.

Scirpus cyperinus
Woolgrass

Tall grass-like sedge with large fuzzy seed heads.

Spiraea tomentosa
Hardhack

Shrub of bogs, wet meadows, and low woodlands; pink flowers.

Styrax americanus
American snowbell

A showy shrub or small tree with numerous white and gold bell shaped flowers in late spring.

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
Coralberry

Erect colonizing multi-stemmed shrub, coral colored berries.

Taxodium ascendens
Pond cypress

A deciduous conifer with characteristic upright turning leaves. Brilliant orange color in late autumn.

Taxodium distichum
Bald cypress

Needle-leaved deciduous conifer, tolerates standing water or dry soil.

Ulmus americana
American elm

Large deciduous tree with high spreading umbrella like canopy.

Vaccinium corymbosum
Highbush blueberry

A deciduous shrub often forming dense thickets with glossy dark green foliage and sweet berries in midsummer.

Viburnum dentatum
Arrow wood

Shrub with arrow-straight stems, opposite leaves, black drupes.

Viburnum nudum
Possum haw viburnum

Showy tardily deciduous native shrub with blue black drupes persisting into midwinter.

Viburnum prunifolium
Black haw

A deciduous shrub or small tree with creamy white flowers and leaves superficially similar to some species of prunus.

Xanthorhiza simplicissima
Yellow root

Low colonizing deciduous shrub.