The Q&A Archives: Trees for Shade and Damp Soil

Question: What types of trees can grow well on a north side in damp soil? I want a small tree, flowering if possible.

Answer: Two trees come immediately to mind: Cornehan cherry (C. mos), with masses of small yellow flowers appearing before the leaves in early spring, and the tartarian dogwood (C. albs var. sibirica), grown for its red stems that are especially showy on the wintertime. Either will adapt to the site you describe.

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