Tree selection for high sodium soils

Asked July 28, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT

The Fessenden golf course loss lots of trees to high water conditions. The soils in many areas of the course have high sodium levels. What trees should be considered for those areas. What recommendations would make for the other areas of the course? Would the new elm varieties be a good choice for that area?

Wells County North Dakota

1 Response

Good afternoon,

There is no good answer to your question. It's difficult to grow about any plant in a high-sodium soil. Trees are no exception.


Russian-olive is the most salt-tolerant tree that grows in our area. Green ash might have a chance, though that species is highly overplanted.

A few shrubs might have a chance - silverberry, Hansen hedge rose, Woods' rose, buffaloberry or Tatarian honeysuckle.

I wish I had better answers for you, but high-sodium soils really aren't appropriate for (many) trees.

Best wishes with your project,