Answer: There are few trees that thrive in shade and damp soil. Best performance will be from vine and Japanese maples. Other trees to consider include Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree), Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay), and Davidia involucrata (Dove tree). Arbutus is a broadleaf evergreen, developing red berries in the winter months. A few of the Japanese maples will produce brilliant fall color ('Crimson Queen', 'Ever Red' and 'Dissectum'). Vine maple (Acer circinatum) will provide attractive fall color, as well.
Hope one of the above finds a home in your garden!
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