Trees for Wet Sites

Selecting the right trees for your site can be a long process, especially if you have the additional issue of dealing with a site that is prone to flooding or is often very wet. Your selection of tree species to plant in areas prone to water logging or damp conditions is unfortunately fairly limited, as there are only a number of trees that will firstly survive and secondly thrive in these adverse conditions. Planting by larger water features such as ponds or lakes and riverside planting does require more careful planning. We frequently receive requests for help and advice and have produced a short list of trees that will do well.

The Big Plant Centre recommends the following species of tree that are suitable for wet conditions and will establish in areas prone to flooding:

1. Quercus Palustris (Swamp Oak) *
2. Alnus (Common Alder)
3. Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)
4. Betula nigra (River Birch)
5. Populus alba (White Willow)
6. Salix alba Chrysocoma (Golden Weeping Willow)
7. Taxodium Distichum – (Swamp Cypress)
8. Acer Rubrum (Red Maple) *

* These trees are tolerant of wet soils but are less suitable for frequently flooded areas.

Planting the wrong tree species in a water logged site can have extremely detrimental results. Wet sites may restrict root productivity, encourage root decay and can cause tree failure in very short periods of time. It is very important when choosing trees for your garden or area in your garden that the trees chosen are tolerant of wet conditions. At the Big Plant Centre we want any tree you purchase to establish quickly and then become a beautiful feature for many years to come. Correct planting will greatly assist the establishment of your new tree so make sure you have a tree planting kit with Tree Planting & Mulching Compost (TPMC) and Rootgrow.

Quercus Palustis Acer Rubrum
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Salix alba Chrysocoma