what kind of tree to plant for wet soil

irenehamApril 16, 2008

i need help in choosing a tree that gets a lot sun and will tolerate wet soil. we had an evergreen sort in there and it died - due to being too wet. please help - thanks. ps - i have 4 tri colored willow shrubs planted there and they really enjoy it and are thriving.

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Around the fringe of a swamp: (this is for my area but you can look up which will work for you)

Coast Redwoods
Western Red Cedars of many varieties (but they don't like standing water for long)
Shore Pine (Pinus contorta var contorta)
Blue Atlas Cedars
Red Horsechestnuts
Purple Robed Locust (Robinia 'Purple Robe')
Giant Dogwood (Cornus controversa)
Quaking Aspen
Sugar Maple
Raywood Ash
Green Ash
Nellie R Stevens Hollies
Himalayan White Birch
Japanese Maples
Quercus virginiana
Quercus myrsinifolia

In the swamp: (6-11" pooling water in winter)

WILLOWS -- Prairie Cascade Willow -- awesome, truly amazing tree
Babylonica Weeping Willow
Curly Willows
Blue Arctic Willows
Rosemary Willows
Nishiki Dappled Willows
Red Barked Willow (Salix alba 'Chermesina')
Violet Willow (Salix daphnoides)
Lapland Willow (Salix lapponum)
Bay Laurel Willow (Salix pentandra)
Swamp Tupelo (Nyssa aquatica)
American Sycamore Buttonwood (Platanus acerifolia 'Bloodgood')
London Plane Tree (Platanus occidentalis)
Black Cottonwood
Bald Cypress
2 kinds of swamp Eucalyptus
Swamp White Oak
Swamp Red Maple
Swamp Magnolia
River Birch

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 1:52PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Willow and alder would be my recommendation!
Great list in the post above!
Good luck, and let us know what you decide.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 2:38PM
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Certainly bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) would work. It's a beautiful deciduous conifer tree that is native to much of the eastern US.

Here is a link that might be useful: Taxodium distichum

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 4:06PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

I'm with greenman, heckuva a list.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 8:28PM
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Don't forget the tamarack-American larch. Well adapted to high water tables and needs full sun.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 9:00PM
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Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor).

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:21PM
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Thanks. I'm in a swamp and have planted all those trees except Alder. Planted a lot more but some didn't survive the water. Over 300+ trees in here, an experiment to see what can handle the water. In the summer I have to water a lot because the underground springs go dry and these trees want a lot of water and are trying to establish. 2 years 3 months since first 200 planted.

The thujas are doing really well. They were straggly and leaderless when planted so their progress has been wonderful. The dawn redwoods are happy. The Prairie Cascade willows are spectacular, bright golden and growing so fast it's astounding.

you can view my baby swamp trees here

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 12:34AM
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