Choice of Replacement Tree

Asked February 12, 2018, 12:53 PM EST

Hi folks, we have a number of trees on our property in the South Hills (Blanton Heights area) that have died or are dying - conifers and elms. We want to replace some of them with a varietal that will do better in the soil and predicted climate change. The areas get good sun in the afternoon, have plenty of space (would not be buried in the midst of other trees), the soil is that nasty hard clay. There is a slight to moderate slope to each of these areas. We are at 1100 ft so we do get snow and ice periodically and have lost major parts of trees (and whole trees) due to those recently. Some of the trees would be near (within 8 ft) our driveway and the rural road that runs by our house. Would dogwoods be OK in this environment? And Oak (and if so what varieties). Anyway - would appreciate any ideas you can give here. Thanks!!

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Native trees that will do well in droughty clay soils are as follows.
Conifers include Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine and Incense-cedar.
Deciduous trees include Oregon White Oak, California Black Oak, Bigleaf maple, pacific madrone, and golden chinkapin.

Conifers tend to be more ice resistant, but deciduous will bounce back better from ice damage.

Unfortunately, dogwood requires lots of shade and moisture and will not do well in the conditions that you suggested.

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