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Qualifiers for Quagmires: Landscape Plants for Wet Sites

By: Thomas Ranney, Richard Bir, Kim Powell, Ted Bilderback Horticulture Information Leaflets

Wet, poorly drained soils present one the most difficult challenges for growing plants in the landscape. Excessive moisture displaces oxygen in the soil and plant roots can suffocate as a result. Many plants are intolerant of having their roots submerged for extended periods of time. Even though standing water may not be present, poor drainage is often responsible for reduced growth and survival of plants in our landscapes.

Superior Crabapple Trees for the Landscape

By: Thomas Ranney, Mike Benson, Kim Powell Horticulture Information Leaflets

Flowering crabapples have tremendous potential as small/medium sized flowering trees that can be grown all across North Carolina. These deciduous, spring flowering trees are adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions and have a variety of ornamental characteristics to choose from, including an assortment of flower color and fragrance, fruit size and color, and tree form.

Urban Trees for Use under Utility Lines

By: Thomas Ranney, Richard Bir, Kim Powell Horticulture Information Leaflets

Selecting trees for use under utility lines presents a unique challenge. It is often desirable to have trees that are large enough to provide shade, architectural effects, and ornamental features, all without interfering with overhead utility lines. In this publication, we have listed trees that have a typical mature height of less than 30 feet.

Recommended Trees for Urban Landscapes: Proven Performers for Difficult Sites

By: Thomas Ranney, Richard Bir, Kim Powell Horticulture Information Leaflets

This leaflet includes a list of recommended trees that have demonstrated particular resistance to harsh growing conditions, diseases, and insects in North Carolina. It should be emphasized, however, that even these trees have their limits. No single species is suited for all sites and consideration should be given to soil conditions, local occurrence of diseases and insects, microclimate, hardiness zone, and mature tree size when selecting any plant.