The type of soil that a tree is planted in is critical to the health of that tree. Because of this, it’s important to know what kind of soil you have in your yard and to make sure that the trees you choose will grow well in that kind of soil. Especially if you have wet soil in your yard. Not every type of tree can thrive with that much water. If that is the case for your home, here are seven trees that like wet soil.
When you think of a willow tree, you likely think of its placement by a body of water. This is because it is one of the trees that like wet soil. They grow well around the edges of rivers, lakes, and ponds. However, these trees are more high maintenance than others. One of the reasons for this is because their bark is brittle, making it prone to breakage. They shed leaves and twigs frequently too. Another thing to note about willow trees is that they have a very invasive root system and are quite shallow.
These trees can reach heights and widths of about 30 to 40 feet. The green foliage and yellow twigs can start to appear on willow trees as early as February.
2. Red Maple
Red maple trees tolerate a wide range of soils, including wet soil. These trees get their name because they display some form of red regardless of what season it is. In the winter, the buds are red. In the spring, the flowers are. In the summer, it’s the leafstalks, and in autumn, the foliage.
These trees are fast-growing and can reach heights of about 40 to 70 feet and widths ranging from 30 to 50. The roots of these trees are also shallow so avoid planting them near driveways, sidewalks, or any underground pipes.
3. River Birch
The name itself gives away the fact that this tree likes wet soil. They should be planted in wet areas of your yard or on a bank of water. These trees look striking, as the bark curls and its limbs spread. River birch trees are fast-growing and can reach heights of over 40 feet.
The bark of these trees is pale in color. During the autumn, the green leaves fall off and expose the peeling bark and the salmon-white to brown color of it, making it one of the most beautiful trees in the wintertime.
4. Bald Cypress
A classic tree of southern swamps, bald cypress trees definitely do well in wet soil. They have very large trunks and can reach as tall as 120 feet, so you need to make sure your yard can handle its size. Additionally, these trees do well in swampy areas, as they tend to compete with other trees also planted on the site.
5. California Sycamore
A tree native to the West Coast, the California sycamore needs to be planted in a wet soil that does not dry out, as dry soil will lead to a short life. They grow fast and demand a lot of space, reaching heights of 40 to 100 feet at maturity and widths of 40 to 70 feet. The trunk peels and is mottled.
The fruits on California sycamore trees are hairy and brown seed balls. They grow to an inch in diameter and hang in groups of two to seven. Due to the size of the tree, the fruit, dense branches, and large roots, it’s important to make sure you have room in your yard for this species of tree.
6. Pear Tree
Many fruit trees don’t do well in wet soil, but pear trees are the exception. The tree is dormant during the winter months, but toward the end of the season, swollen buds will start to develop. During spring, green buds will open and turn into white buds that will become flowers. When the weather gets warmer, the blossoming begins.
At full size, pear trees reach about 40 feet tall. They do need direct and full sun, so make sure you plant it in an area that does not get any shade.
Planetrees can reach heights of 100 feet and widths of 80 feet, making this a good choice for yards that are larger. They grow well in areas with some partial shade but should be predominately sunny. However, they are extremely tolerant of different climates, polluted soil, and even air pollution. Because of this, they are a great choice for more urban yards. They are considered a tree that is easier to grow.
The branches on planetrees are dense and have green leaves that turn a golden color during the fall. They start out as fast-growing trees but then slow down after the first few years.
As you can see, even if your yard is along a water bank or has soil that stays very wet, there are trees that will work well in your yard. Not every tree can remain healthy in wet soil, but any of the above seven trees like wet soil. In fact, they specifically need wet soil to grow at their healthiest. But it’s important to make sure you have enough space for the tree you want, as many of these trees reach tall heights and large widths at maturity.
If you’re unsure what type of soil you have in your yard, we are here to help you. Reach out to Mr. Tree. We’ll come take a look at your yard and take note of its soil type, its size, and its location. Based on this, we can make a recommendation as to which trees that like wet soil will fit best in your yard. We want your yard to look beautiful year-round and your trees to remain healthy.