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Trees & Shrubs for Wet Conditions

While the winter may be the best time to plant dormant deciduous plants, the chance of extreme weather needs to be considered, with 2014 being no exception. Many areas in the UK have suffered from floods and waterlogging, with conditions expected to continue through January.

Most trees and shrubs prefer good drainage, but some species cope better than others with periods of flooding and waterlogging. If your site is susceptible to these conditions, you may want to consider some of those pictured below. Click the slideshow for a few extra details.

If any sound interesting, Scroll down to find a link to each product's store page, complete with extra images and details.



Any of these are highly recommended if you're expecting wet soils. See below for additional links and species you might be interested in, though. If you'd like any extra help picking out an appropriate species for your site, feel free to contact English Woodlands at any time, we're always happy to lend a hand.

In addition to these, some species will tolerate wet ground and only short periods of flooding, seen below.

  • Acer pseudoplatanus varieties – Sycamore
  • Betula Nigra – River birch
  • Catalpa bignonoides – Indian bean tree
  • Cornus sanguinea – common dogwood
  • Cornus stolonifera – yellow dogwood
  • Euonymous europaeus – spindle
  • Quercus palustris – pin oak
  • Quercus robur – English oak
  • Sambucus Nigra – elder

Most evergreen conifers prefer well-drained soil, though some will tolerate wet ground and short periods of waterlogged soil.

  • Pinus sylvestris – Scots pine
  • Thuja plicata – Western Red Cedar
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