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Trees that Can Be Grown in Wet Soils
By Tammy Sons
Gardening in wet soil is generally tricky as not many plants and trees can thrive in such conditions. There are a few trees that can tolerate wet soil provided that it is not waterlogged all the time. Areas in the garden or yard that have poor drainage are often problematic but there are a few trees that do not mind getting their feet wet.
It is crucial to plant the trees in an area that is free from severe water logging. If drainage is a problem then you might have to use alternative methods to control flooding. Heavy clay soil can be improved by adding organic matter so that the soil retains less moisture.
Some of the amazing trees that can be grown in wet soils to enhance the landscape include—
Empress Tree—Empress Tree is also known as Paulownia tomentosa and it is a deciduous tree native to China. Empress Tree is commonly used as an ornamental tree because of its architectural structure and dense foliage. It is a fast growing tree and should be planted in a sunny location. Empress Tree produces tiny purple colored flowers during the spring season and can reach up to a height of 40 feet on maturity. It can tolerate pollution which makes it ideal for planting on roadsides and driveways.
American Sweetgum—It is also known as Liquidambar styraciflua or Redgum. It has very prominent five pointed star-shaped leaves that wear a beautiful reddish or orange hue during the fall season. It is commonly grown for ornamental purposes across America. American Sweetgum can tolerate wet soil and can reach about 75- 80 feet in height. It performs best in neutral or acidic soils.
Black Gum—It is also known as Tupelo or Nyssa sylvatica. It can grow 70 feet tall and does well in neutral or acidic soil. It can be used as a shade tree or specimen in the yard. The foliage changes color in autumn season and wears red or purple hues.
American Arborvitae— Also known as Thuja occidentalis and it is an evergreen tree that belongs to the cypress family. It has beautiful fan- like branches that have scaly leaves. It thrives well in wet conditions and can have a very long life span if maintained well. American Arborvitae is commonly used in home gardens for ornamental reasons. These plants are also used in hedging or screening around the house.