High water table, seeking very ornamental and large tree

fireweed22July 13, 2014

I have a good selection of trees that don't mind a high water table (Metasequoia, Taxodium, Acer rubrum, A platanoides, but I have one spot left. And it allows for a massive tree.

I'm open to conifers or deciduous, catch is I want something that gets really big and is either evergreen and stately or something with the best call color possible. And grows huge if possible. Kind of prefer a non maple.

I've considered Oxydendron but it's just way too slow.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I think Liriodendron tulipifera fits.

It grows commonly near or even right against bodies of water, so should do OK with a high water table.

It is fast growing, not a maple, and by all accounts, huge. Fall color is often a strong golden yellow, which will add to the reds of your Acer rubrum and the russets/orange of the Metasequoia and Taxodium.

This post was edited by hairmetal4ever on Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 15:26

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:25PM
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gardengal48

I'd want a better explanation of "high water table" before I was comfy with Liriodendron. While it likes moist soils, won't tolerate much actual wet, so if any periods of standing water or actual flooding, not a great choice.

Another alternative is Nyssa sylvatica. Will tolerate wet soils and even periods of flooding without issue. Nice tree for wildlife attraction as well.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:47PM
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jdo053103(7b - NC)

I have found pin oaks don't mind growing in wet areas of my yard.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:55PM
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nick_b79(4/5 Southeast MN)

Sycamores and tupelo are common trees in wet areas.

And if the ground is constantly flooded, trees like pecan and black walnut are often river bottom species that survive flooding.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:10PM
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drrich2(6)

Swamp white oak maybe?

Richard.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:28PM
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viburnumvalley(z5/6 KY)

Nyssa sylvatica
Quercus bicolor
Quercus michauxii
Populus deltoides
Betula nigra

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:51PM
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huggorm

Wingnut trees do also like water, grow fast and gets large.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 5:03PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

I suspect "high water table" could means something very different depending on whether the soil is clay or sand, open or compacted.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:58PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Nyssa aquatica and.....what is the weeping willow.

Concerning Liriondendron tulipfera, maybe if you pick the right tree and the right spot you can get a good yellow fall color also. My neighbor has one which is better than most.

Some oaks will tolerate down right flooding during the right season in southern missouri and illinois.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:45PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Nuttall oak is another one to consider.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:50PM
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calliope(6)

I'd have a sycamore in a heartbeat. They grow in ancient groves down along our canals on the river bank. Needless to say, they've tolerated their fair share of floods. Fall does not present a great show but their stature and bark are breathtaking.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:54PM
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arktrees(6b NW Arkansas)

Quercus michauxii Cow Oak
Quercus texana Nuttall Oak
Quercus alba White Oak

I know you already have at least species, but if only species then Metasequoia 'Ogon'.

Arktrees

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:54PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I'd second the sycamore. If your area gets anthracnose regularly on sycamores, I think the anthracnose-resistant London Plane cultivars are also tolerant of flooding, but maybe slightly less so.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:23PM
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poaky1

Quercus Bicolor and Sycamore, already mentioned but I think would get large and impressive more so in my opinion. I have the London Plane, but Sycamore has nicer adult bark, the contrast of white and tan/ brown, in the winter you can see these trees from a distance away, through wooded areas.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 8:26PM
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fireweed22

Jeez, thought I had responded, thanks for all the great ideas! Plenty to work with here. Wishing there was a the blue Metasequoia, as I have several of the others incl Ogon.
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:43PM
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calliope(6)

Let us know which one you decide to plant. I do want to commend you for not only considering, but desiring to plant one of those grand and majestic trees our children and their children's children will admire. The very large trees are not planted enough. It makes me cringe to see McMansions with tiny, little space saving trees as landscaping and you can say the same thing about those houses on five acre lots. The grand, old giants keep the scale and perspective in line.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:14PM
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lucky_p

Q.lyrata, overcup oak - would also fit the bill, though fall color is not much to shout about. But, I've seen it's hybrid offspring, Compton oak (Q.lyrataXvirginiana) exhibit good red fall color - which wouldn't necessarily be expected, based on its ancestry.

Won't be huge... but ornamental in multiple seasons...Carpinus caroliniana is nice, and was everywhere throughout the creekbottom swamp forest in my boyhood home.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:10PM
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