Trees That Grow in Clay Soil
By Erik Neilson
, last updated May 20, 2011
Choosing the right trees for your landscaping project isn’t always as easy as it may seem, especially if you have clay soil. After all, there are plenty of types of trees that simply cannot handle clay soil, as well as a great deal that may grow but will fail to thrive in such conditions. While growing trees in clay soil isn’t easy, there are plenty of options that are known to do well in even the driest of soil conditions, making it easy for less-experienced gardeners to get the most out of what they have to work with.
Hawthorn trees are ideal for clay soil in that they are very tough and resilient, and tend to thrive in even the harshest of conditions. In the springtime, Hawthorns are known to bear extremely bright pink flowers, and will fruit ones autumn begins to set in. Its mid-green leaves are attractive and subtle, allowing the tree’s flowers to take center-stage. For a small, tolerant clay soil tree, it’s difficult to beat Hawthorns.
Crap apple trees are prevalent in many parts of the world, and for good reason. They can tolerate practically any type of soil conditions, including clay, and can even be grown in the shade if need be. Pink spring buds transition into white flowers as the season progresses, followed by edible crab apples that fruit in early fall. As the deeply colored dark-green leaves begin to shift with the foliage season, they turn an incredibly attractive deep yellow.
Many people know of holly because of how it relates to the holidays. The fact is, it happens to be a very versatile tree that is perfect for growing in clay soil. Holly produces a great deal of brightly colored red berries, which are contrasted by their waxy, dark-green leaves.