Trees and Shrubs That Like Wet Feet

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Some of the most difficult landscape challenges for homeowners are areas with soggy soil or standing water. These patches can be difficult to mow and make gardening challenging. While most trees and shrubs require well-drained soil (which allows for enough oxygen to ensure their roots do not rot) the following trees and shrubs can tolerate, if not enjoy, wet areas. Many of these are native to the eastern United States, and adapted to areas with high water tables and wet summers.

If your property has a low-lying area with a tendency to collect water, or perhaps you have a pond or stream that you would like to landscape, these plants will give you many options for your garden.

Taxodium distichum (Bald-cypress)

Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Nyssa sylvatica (Sour-gum)

Hamamelis virginiana (Common Witch-hazel)

Ilex glabra 'Densa' (Inkberry)

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Earliblue' (Highbush Blueberry)

Sambucus canadensis 'Nova' (American Elder)

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Siberian Dogwood)

Betula nigra 'Cully' Heritage® (River Birch)

Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet-gum)

Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic White-cedar)

Quercus palustris (Pin Oak)


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