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8 Water-Loving Trees

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Is there that one place in your yard or on your property that all the water seems to collect? The place that seems to kill any plant that you plant there and is just too wet for grass to survive. Here is a list of some trees that will grow well in this area. Be cautious when planting water loving trees, as some of the larger ones also have massive root systems that will search for water, often taking over septic tanks, field lines and water pipes. Click on the link of the tree that interests you for more information on it. Check out our article on water loving plants.

1. River birch, Betula nigra




This tree is very adaptable. It grows naturally beside creeks and in moist lowlands. It can handle dry clay soils but prefers moist, acidic and fertile soil. This tree needs room to grow and can take over a landscape when put in the wrong place. It will shade its lower branches once it gets large enough, dropping dead branches below. This tree is tough as nails and known for its beautiful exfoliating paper bark. Not recommended near the house, septic tank or near a lawn that likes sun. This tree is considered a fast grower and usually presents as a multiple trunk tree. This tree has good insect and disease resistance. “Heritage” is recommended cultivar.


2. Willow oak




No landscape is complete without a great shade tree and all landscapes need oak trees. The Willow oak is the oak of choice in urban areas because of its great shape and fast growth rate but ideal in a landscape setting. You can expect 2 feet of growth or more each year (fast for an oak). This trees abundant acorn production makes it a favorite for many different animals. Most often found in lowlands and along streams, Q. phellos can survive harsh urban settings as well. This tree is very resistant to insects and disease. Can be planted in areas of fluctuating water lavels and is often planted for its versatility and its lumber.


3. Bald cypress



The bald cypress is a pyramidal conifer that grows native in swamps or marshes. This tree is called “bald” because it is one of few conifers that go dormant, as most are evergreen. This conifer gets brilliant goldish-orange fernlike foliage in the fall and gets a bulbous trunk that protrudes just above the water or ground. This tree is very adaptable and can grow in dry, clay soil as well. Bald cypress is related to the redwood (Metasequoia) which can grow up to 300 feet tall. Bald cypresses grow 120 feet tall and can live to be over 600 years old.


4. Swamp white oak



This tree can live to be over 300 years old and develop a 60 foot round canopy. This tree lives alongside creeks and lowlands and can tolerate flooding just fine. This tree has great drought tolerance but can become susceptible to many insects and diseases. This tree may be harder to find, as they are not commonly mass propagated. It is said that over 400 swamp white oats are being planted at the September 11th memorial in Manhattan.


5. Sweet bay magnolia



Also known sometimes as sweet magnolia, swamp laurel or white bay, the Sweetbay magnolia is most prominent along creek sides and swampy lowlands in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina but can grow as far north as Pennsylvania. This tree can handle extensive flooding or damp conditions. The silvery underside of these trees leaves puts on a brilliant show in the wind. Sweetbay can also handle well drained soil and makes a great specimen tree and will be the focal point in any landscape.


6. Weeping willow



When planted in the proper place there is not a more serene tree around. When planted in the wrong place, you may find yourself replacing your septic tank or field lines or having your water pipes drilled out. This tree has a massive root system and will seek any source of water.  This trees canopy is vast and this trees roots will grow out of the ground, making mowing a problem and picking up or buckling any driveway or sidewalk that is remotely close. Give this tree plenty of space and a moist environment and it will put on quite a show. This tree is also a very fast grower.


7. Black tupelo



This tree has excellent fall color and does well in damp to wet places and can tolerate occasional flooding or standing water. Having a tap root makes it somewhat unique and nearly impossible to transplant. It is a very adaptable tree and can tolerate some drought and well drained dryer soil. This plant is dioecious, meaning that it comes in male and female and requires one of each to produce fruit and flowers which are insignificant. This makes a great lawn or street tree and is pretty resistant to insects and disease. It is also referred to as Black gum.


8. American sycamore



This tree grows to be a large, deciduous tree whose large leaves can really litter a yard. This tree is recommended for larger properties planted on a wood line or near a creek or lowland. This tree has very impressive colorful, peeling bark and a unique color bark that is unmistakable. This tree is adaptable and can tolerate some drought and well-drained soil. Sycamore has an invasive root system so avoid planting in the lawn or in high traffic areas. Sycamore is also a moderate to quick grower. Other names include Planetree, buttonwood and buttonball.


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Posted 2015-05-10T20:12:48+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL