Trees And Water – Wet Soil Trees For Standing Water Areas

by johnah on November 16, 2020

What Are Wet Soil Trees?

Wet soil trees are any tree species that grow in areas where there is little or no rainfall. These include dry forests, deserts, mountain slopes and other places where rain does not fall regularly. They usually have thick bark which protects them from the elements and they often produce large fruits that provide food for animals such as deer or birds. Some wet soil trees are even used to make mulch for gardens!

The term “wet” means that these trees do not receive enough moisture during their growing season. They may get some rain but it is not constant and when it falls, it’s only a few inches at best. If you live in a place where there is heavy rainfall, then your wet soil trees will need to be protected from the elements so they don’t rot away.

How Do Wet Soil Trees Work?

Wet soil trees are great because they work well in moist environments. They require very little care and can survive drought conditions. Many of them have leaves that are edible and some even produce flowers! Most of them can grow as tall as sixty feet with trunks that are six to ten inches in diameter. Here is a list of the best kinds of trees for wet soil:








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What Are Some Common Types Of Wet Soil Trees?

Many people think that the only wet soil trees are the ones that you find in swamps. While there are some trees that only grow in swamps, there are also other trees that are considered wet soil trees even if they do not live in a swamp. Here is a list of a few of the most common types of wet soil trees:

Willows: There are many types of willows and they can all survive in wet soil because their roots can thrive in damp ground. They are often used for making baskets, floor mats, and even furniture!

Aspens: Aspen trees are the most widely distributed trees in North America. They can grow up to eighty feet and produce white flowers in the spring and turn golden in the fall. Aspens do not usually live longer than thirty years.

Sycamores: The sycamore is a very tall wet soil tree that can grow up to ninety feet tall and they produce seeds that look similar to a fig. In many places, the sycamore trees are considered an invasive species because their roots can put a lot of strain on sewage systems.

White Oak: The white oak is one of the largest types of trees in North America and can range from twenty to seventy meters tall.

Sources & references used in this article:

Can urban tree roots improve infiltration through compacted subsoils for stormwater management? by J Bartens, SD Day, JR Harris, JE Dove… – Journal of …, 2008 – Wiley Online Library

Comparative ecophysiology of Tamarix ramosissima and native trees in western US riparian zones by EP Glenn, PL Nagler – Journal of Arid Environments, 2005 – Elsevier

Tree Seedlings on Logs in Picea‐Tsuga Forests of Oregon and Washington by ME Harmon, JF Franklin – Ecology, 1989 – Wiley Online Library

Deriving water fraction and flood maps from MODIS images using a decision tree approach by D Sun, Y Yu, MD Goldberg – IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in …, 2011 –

Vertical gradients of water potential and tissue water relations in Sitka spruce trees measured with the pressure chamber by J Hellkvist, GP Richards, PG Jarvis – Journal of Applied Ecology, 1974 – JSTOR

Water economy of Neotropical savanna trees: six paradigms revisited by G Goldstein, FC Meinzer, SJ Bucci, FG Scholz… – Tree …, 2008 –



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