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Plants for damp gardens

Trees and shrubs usually need good drainage and locations where the soil is not waterlogged.  However, there are some that are perfectly adapted to thriving in permanent dampness or even wetness. 

Trees such as the Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) can survive for many months.  However, trees and shrubs without special adaptations to such wet conditions might die within a few weeks if they are flooded during the growing season.

Trees

  • Alnus (Alder) – all varieties Populus (Poplar) – all varieties
  • Amelanchier – all varieties Salix (Willow) – all varieties
  • Betula (Birch) – all varieties Sambucus (Elder) – all varieties
  • Griselinia Sorbus (Ash) – aucuparia and cultivars
  • Metasequoia – all varieties Taxodium – distichum
  • Populus (Poplar) – all varieties
  • Salix (Willow) – all varieties
  • Sambucus (Elder) – all varieties
  • Sorbus (Ash) – aucuparia and cultivars
  • Taxodium – distichum

Shrubs

  • Amelanchier – all varieties Salix (Willow) – all varieties
  • Clethra (Sweet Pepper Bush) Sambucus (Elder) – all varieties
  • Cornus alba (Dogwood) Symphoricarpus (Snowberry)
  • Hippophae rhamnoides Viburnum opulus sterile (Snowball Tree)
  • Salix (Willow) – all varieties
  • Sambucus (Elder) – all varieties
  • Symphoricarpus (Snowberry)
  • Viburnum opulus sterile (Snowball Tree)