Which trees grow well in wet soils?


Which trees grow well in wet soils?


Shade trees that tolerate wet soils include:

  • Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii)
  • red maple (Acer rubrum)+
  • silver maple (Acer saccharinum)+
  • black alder (Alnus glutinosa)
  • pawpaw (Asimina triloba)+
  • river birch (Betula nigra)+
  • American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)+
  • hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)+
  • European larch (Larix decidua)
  • sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)*
  • sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)*
  • dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
  • black gum (Nyssa sylvatica)*
  • London planetree (Platanus x acerifolia)
  • sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)+
  • cottonwood (Populus deltoides)+
  • swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)+
  • pin oak (Quercus palustris)+
  • willows (Salix species)**
  • baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)*
  • American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)*

* Native to parts of North America
** Some species native to parts of North America
+ Native to North America, including parts of Iowa

Learn more in this article: Trees and Shrubs for Wet Soils

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