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March 11, 2020

Trees for Extremely Wet Areas

After a heavy rain excess water can collect and pool in low spots. Stagnant sitting water creates a muddy area which can become a breeding ground for pests, drown the root systems of many plants, and be quite unsightly. However, many species do well in this type of soil. Here are some great trees that can help soak up excess water in poor draining areas:

  • Bald Cypress – Reaches 50 to 70 feet tall. Very adapted to most moisture levels
  • River Birch –  Reaches 40 to 60 feet in height. Thrives in stagnant wet areas
  • Blackgum – Reaches 30-50 feet tall. Prefers moist, acidic soils. Tolerates poorly-drained soils and can grow in standing water
  • Swamp White Oak – Reaches 50-60 feet tall. Easily grown in average, medium to wet, acidic soil in full sun
  • Dawn Redwood – Reaches 70-100 feet tall. Appreciates consistent moisture. Tolerates some wet soils
  • Willow Oak – Reaches 40-75 feet tall. Adapts to a wide range of soil conditions including clays with somewhat poor drainage

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