Trees That Grow In Clay

Trees That Grow In Clay


If your garden is mainly abundant with clay soil, you might eager to find some trees which can grow in this type of soil. Most clay soil has alkaline characteristics with a PH value higher than 7. Compared with acidic soil full of organic matters, clay soil also contains fewer nutrients for the growth of trees. The worst part of this type of soil is that the structure is highly compact to prevent water to penetrate. It is very hard for trees to absorb water from the ground and not easy for them to establish a robust root system. Most trees are not suitable for the clay soil except for some special species.


Norway spruce is an evergreen tree which is usually a good choice for Christmas trees. This tree can survive well in compact structure of the clay soil and in an alkaline environment in full sunlight or partial shade areas. It is a large tree and its height can reach more than 12 meters. So, you need a large garden to accommodate its size.

Another tree species which can tolerate clay soil environment is the black walnut. It is a good choice for most gardeners due to its great landscaping value and delicious nuts. This tree can resist most pests and need very little maintenance to survive. However, you shouldn’t plant other plants beside black walnuts because its root will produce some toxic stuff which is harmful to other plants. Weeping willow is another tree species which will ignore the compact clay soil. It can almost survive in any places as long as there is plenty of water. They are usually planted besides river for landscaping purposes.

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