Hedging Plants for Wet Soils

There are very few hedging species that can cope with standing water and unfortunately, no evergreens can cope with a really waterlogged situation. Normally we give our top five recommendations but in this case, we’re limiting ourselves to the best two which are:

  • Alder (Alnus glutinosa) – a very attractive leaf and male and female fruits which look completely different from each other and often stay on the tree most of winter – deciduous.   It’s also really good for improving the soil by fixing nitrogen – although it’s not one of the most familiar species for hedging, it’s well worth considering for wet soils prone to being waterlogged
  • Willow (Salix capraea) – really good on the edge of water or very wet soils – deciduous with gorgeous catkins

If the soil is wet but not waterlogged, there’s a bit more choice including some evergreens

  •     Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
  •     Dogwood (Cornus alba, Cornus sibirica and Cornus stolonifera)
  •     Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
  •     Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
  •     Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  •     June Berry (Amelanchier lamarckii)
  •     Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – evergreen
  •     Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) – evergreen
  •     Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia) – evergreen
  •     Rowan (Sorbus acuparia)
  •     Western Red Cedar (Thuya or Thuja) –evergreen

 

3 Replies to “Hedging Plants for Wet Soils”

  1. Just moved to this property which sits in the middle of Devon Culm Grass Land, it’s wet round here!

    Trawled through lots of on-line info and and have not found any definitive info for hedging for wet sites.

    Your information is most welcome, absolutely great. Thank you so much Hedges Direct

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