Specific Trees for Certain Sites and Soils
Can you give me a few examples of some trees suitable to provide shelter from salty gales in our seaside garden?
The following are good, hardy trees which will help provide a wind-break; you will need to provide a temporary barrier between them and the wind for a year or two while they get hold: common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna); scotch laburnum (Laburnum alpinum) – the commoner L. ‘Vossii’ would soon be damaged; the beach pine (Pinus contorta); the pussy willow (Salix caprea); and the whitebeam (Sorbus
We live at the lowest point of a shallow valley, and the ground tends to be boggy in parts of our garden. Is there a tree which will thrive with its roots permanently in moist soil?
The swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum) would be ideal for these conditions provided there is no room in your garden: it grows eventually to about 24 m (80 ft); it is atree, with foliage somewhat resembling that of the dawn redwood. The alders (Alnus) and willows (Salix) are also good trees for damp situations.
I wish to plant a row of cypresses to form a shelter belt, but have been told that the shallow, ratherof my garden is not suitable. Is this true, and if so what can I plant instead?
It is true that mostdo best in a well-drained soil, or a well-worked clay. Shallow are not suitable. For shelter on such a soil you could try hawthorn, beech, spindle-tree (Euonymus) ash, laburnum, and whitebeam (Sorbus aria). Whichever you plant, shelter them from wind for three years while they become established.
Is there a specially good type of soil for trees?
On the whole, most trees will grow in most soils – the deeper the better. So far as general likes and dislikes of particular types of trees are concerned, silver birches prefer a sandy type, beches thrive on chalky ones, conifers do badly on sticky, and one or two trees need acid-reacting soils. Your local nursery or garden centre will tell you whether a particular species in which you may be interested has any definite preferences.