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Choosing the Right Tree

Even if you know very little about how our native trees and forests grow it is probably a good bet that you are aware that different species of trees are found on different sites. Like all other types of plants, trees have specific growing requirements. As a result, each site has its own capability, and in the same way, its own limitations for growing trees.

Choosing the right species for the site does not always guarantee success, but choosing the wrong species is sure to guarantee failure. So spend some time determining what your site characteristics are and if you are still unsure, consult a professional.

The following table provides the basic information to match species to site conditions, however for more in depth guidance please download Choosing the Right Tree: A Landowners Guide to Putting Down Roots.

A Guide to Matching Species to Soil

planttrees
Soil TextureNatural Drainage
Well to Moderate
Natural Drainage
Imperfect to Poor
SAND
  • White Pine
  • Red Pine
  • European Larch
  • Norway Spruce
  • Sugar Maple
  • Red Oak
  • White Cedar
  • Poplar
  • Black Locust
  • White Cedar
  • Tamarack
  • Black Spruce
  • Silver Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Willow
LOAM
  • White Pine
  • Red Pine
  • White Spruce
  • Black Spruce
  • Norway Spruce
  • European Larch
  • White Cedar
  • Sugar Maple
  • Red Maple
  • White Ash
  • Green Ash
  • Red Oak
  • Black Cherry
  • Beech
  • Basswood
  • Black Walnut
  • Poplar
  • Black Locust
  • Butternut
  • White Cedar
  • Tamarack
  • Black Spruce
  • Silver Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Willow
CLAY
  • White Pine
  • Norway Spruce
  • European Larch
  • White Cedar
  • White Ash
  • Green Ash
  • Beech
  • Red Maple
  • Black Walnut
  • Black Locust
  • Poplar
  • Tamarack
  • Black Spruce
  • Silver Maple
  • Green Ash
  • Willow