These Pacific Northwest native plants include species that: are tolerant of salt spray, provide food and shelter to local wildlife, and help stabilize slopes. Please remember that this is a general reference list; not all of these species will thrive on every site because local waterfront conditions vary. Study nearby undisturbed properties for guidance – which plants are thriving? If you purchase plants, order them using their botanical name (italicized, in parenthesis) because common names vary. Happy planting!

For a printable list of all recommended species, click here.

Many of our recommended shore friendly plants are sold at our Annual Native Plant Festival & Sale.

Large Trees

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Small Trees/Large Shrubs

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Medium/Small Shrubs

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Ground Covers

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Upper Beach & Backshore Plants

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Interested in learning more about Shore Friendly Thurston?


Karin Strelioff
Conservation Program Manager
360-754-3588, ext. 103

You can also use our contact form.

Funded wholly or in part by the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program and by EPA under grant #PC-01j22301