Small tree for wet soil - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tomsiff
September 27, 2009
I have a bed in front my home, next to my driveway, where I'd like to plant a small ornamental tree. The area has very wet soil and is near a sprinkler head for my irrigation system. Any ideas? Our soil here in North Carolina is primarily clay, as you know. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
September 27, 2009


Wet, poorly drained soils present one the most difficult challenges for trees. Excessive moisture displaces oxygen in the soil and plant roots can suffocate. Even though standing water may not be present, poor drainage is often responsible for reduced growth and survival of plants in our landscapes. With this said, Ornamental pear is a good candidate for the site, as are sweetbay magnolia and Liquidamber (sweetgum) trees.

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