Q Will any tree grow in wet soil?

MEGHAN PORTER, SUR­REY

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A The best trees for wet soils are alders (al­nus). Com­mon alder (A. gluti­nosa) is easy to grow with rounded fo­liage and catkins in spring; ‘Aurea’ (be­low) is more at­trac­tive with pale yel­low fo­liage and or­ange win­ter branches; A. cor­data is ro­bust and at­trac­tive with glossy sum­mer fo­liage. If you have plenty of room, try swamp cy­press (Tax­odium dis­tichum), an un­usual, de­cid­u­ous conifer.

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