Rotting Roots - Knowledgebase Question

Sacramento, CA
Question by thynick
March 24, 2004
I have an a problem with drainage about 2' deep, causing the roots to rot. There are many obstructions (pool filter pad, driveway etc...) making it difficult to install a drainage line. I need shade in this area (South side of house) and was hoping there is a tree or shrub that needs and or can tolerate the constant moisture in the soil (year-round).

Thank you,
Ted Hynick


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Answer from NGA
March 24, 2004

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Outside of a willow or alder, I can't think of a single tree that will put up with wet soils. Both these trees can get quite large, but both will provide summer shade.

Alocasia esculenta, or Elephant's Ear, is a wonderfully lush, tropical looking plant that tolerates wet soils. It grows about 5' tall and 4' across, bearing 2' long leaves so it won't provide much shade.

Instead of a tree or shrub, you might consider installing a trellis and growing a vining plant such as Akebia, Ivy, or Kiwi. These plants are tolerant of varying soil conditions and will provide summer shade.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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