Conifer question

Asked July 19, 2018, 8:20 AM EDT

I'm in macomb county michigan and searching for any evergreens (tree or shrub) that will live with a soil ph of about 7.5. My soil is clay and gets pretty dry in summer but in spring it will flood for up to a week of standing water. There are "islands" of high ground that are not under water and I would like to plant evergreens there.

I'm successfully growing arborvitae, willow type shrubs, ninebark and red stem dog wood in these conditions.

I would love input from anyone with the knowledge!!!! Thank you.

Macomb County Michigan evergreens

1 Response

Generally conifers prefer well drained, sandy loam soils with the pH from 5.5 - 6.5. When you have two limiting factors (wet feet and high pH) it narrows down the list of possibilities. A couple of choices would be arborvitae, white spruce (Picea glauca) and cedar.