What kind of tree should I plant in very wet, clay soil in my backyard?

Asked May 26, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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

3 Responses

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.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/tough-trees-and-shrubs-for-tough-sites/
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.


Thank you!