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Soil Adaptability

Some plants have a wide range of soils in which they will thrive reasonably well. Others may grow in standard "good" moist, loamy soil and in perhaps one other type. Here are examples of plants that have SOIL ADAPTABILITY.
(Choose plants that will thrive rather than just survive; note especially the plants that tolerate moist and wet situations.)

Scientific Name Common Name
Tolerates ACID SOILS:
Quercus palustris Pin oak
Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia
Abies balsamea Balsam Fir
Acer ginnala 'Compacta' Dwarf Amur Maple
Rhododendron x kosteranum Mollis Azalea
Rhododendron x 'PJM' PJM Rhododendron
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge
Potentilla tridentata Wine Leaf Potentilla
Tolerates ALKALINE SOILS:
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash
Sorbus aucuparia European Mountain Ash
Picea pungens glauca Colorado Blue Spruce
Tolerates MOIST SOILS:
*Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red' Canada Red Cherry
*Syringa x prestoniae X James McFarlane Lilac
*Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea' Bronze Leaf Ajuga
* Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge
*Thuja occidentalis 'Techny' Techny Arborvitae
* Thuja occidentalis 'Pyramidalis' Pyramidal Arborvitae
Spiraea x bumalda 'Froebelii' Froebel Spirea
Symphoricarpos albus White Snowberry
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* Especially well suited to thrive in moist situations.
Tolerates WET SOILS (not soggy):
Acer negundo Box Elder Maple
Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset' Red Sunset Maple
Acer saccharinum Silver Maple
Betula nigra River Birch
Betula papyrifera Paper Birch
Fraxinus nigra Black Ash
Picea mariana Black Spruce
Populus sp. Poplar species
Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak
Salix sp. Willow species
Tolerates POOR SOILS:
Pinus ponderosa Ponderosa Pine
Potentilla fruticosa 'Jackman' Jackman Potentilla
Sorbaria sorbifolia Ash Leaf Spirea
Aegopodium podagraria Bishop's Weed
Coronilla varia Crown Vetch
Euonymus fortunei 'Vegetus' Big-Leaf Wintercreeper Euonymus

See Plant Selection for additional information.

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