What kind of tree should I plant in very wet, clay soil in my backyard?
The cottonwood that I planted 15 years ago grew to a huge size and died at 12 years old. Don't want a willow. The only other tree in the yard is an ash that is doing OK, but not great. Will a Prairie Expedition elm tolerate that soil?
Ramsey County Minnesota
Prairie Expedition Elm is too new for there to be data about how well it tolerates wet soil. Based on its name, I would predict that it will not do well. Prairie plants do best in well drained to dry soil.
I would choose a tree for swamps. Swamp Oak is one.
For more choices check out The Best Plants for 30 tough sites. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/docs/08464-c...
Consider those for swamps, rain gardens or shoreline.
You are welcome :)