Clay soil

Asked August 11, 2016, 9:26 AM EDT

What kind of tree can I plant that: -will thrive in Maple Grove, Mn (Hennepin Co.) clay soil in our yard with poor drainage -that is fast growing -that the roots are strong but not invasive to water pipes etc

Hennepin County Minnesota tree recommendations horticulture

1 Response

There are a lot of issues in your question. I don't know how far away from water pipes you are talking about. A tree's root system is at least as large as the crown gets to be basically so if you have pipes close you will need a small tree. Poorly drained clay soil is not a good choice for many trees. I would suggest possibly a crabapple or a small maple variety. Here are some links to info that you might like to read. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/fitting-trees-and-shrubs-into-the-landsc... . http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/trees-and-shrubs-for-clay-soil/