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Wetland Trees

A list of trees tolerant of wet ground and high water tables

By Maureen Gilmer, landscape designer, author and columnist

Tree selection is all about knowing your property and soil conditions. If your yard has a high water table or poor drainage it can be difficult to grow most types of trees. Typically, trees flourish when their root crowns are planted in high and dry locations because sitting in wet soil can cause roots to rot and the tree to die. However there are some tree varieties that are well-adapted to wet soil conditions. Such trees are typically natives of wetland areas and will thrive where most trees won't.

Top 10 Trees for a Wet GardenSpp. indicates many species of this genus apply.

Selected Maples

Selected Maples Acer spp.


Birch Betula spp.

Sweet Gum

Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua

Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora


Tupelo Nyssia sylvatica


Poplar Populus spp.

Selected Oak Species

Selected Oak Species Quercus spp.


Palmetto Sabal palmetto


Willow Salix spp.

Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum

Maureen Gilmer
Morongo Valley, CA

Maureen "Mo" Gilmer is a landscape designer, author, and speaker about horticulture topics and landscape design.

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