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Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2012
9:45 PM

Post #9130134

I am looking for a focal point tree to go behind the right side of my new bridge. This area is flooded at various times during the year, so whatever I do plant must be tolerant of standing water. The tree in front and to the right is a birch of some sort - either river birch or paper birch. It gets a bit of yellow fall color but nothing spectacular. Across the creek are alders, mostly yellow in fall. I'm thinking of a fall pop of some sort. Any ideas?

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Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9130621

I have been looking for something too that can take soggy conditions part of the year. I did find the Sweet Bay Magnolia which can take wet conditions, but it will get 30-50 FT height. To big for my spot sadly ..but it looks like you have lots of room for this tree.
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #9130630

Yes, I'm looking for a large tree: fast growing, fall color, wet feet, full sun. The spot I will plant is between the inlet to the pond and road out back, so I will have to keep width in mind, although limbing it up fairly high would be an option.
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9130669

How about a gorgeous weeping willow? All of the Salix love wet feet. I find nothing to be more beautiful than a mature weeping willow hanging over a pond or lake. Yellow foliage in the fall. Early spring leaves. Wonderful shape. Just recently, my husband and I took a trip to Boston (he did the Boston marathon). I loved the specimen willows in the Boston gardens around the pond.

Here is a link to an image from the Boston gardens

The Boston commons and gardens are the oldest public parks in America, so that tree is probably around 100 years old. So imagine it scaled down a bit.

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Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2012
10:53 AM

Post #9130675

Grows 8 - 10 feet per year. Wow. You could mix in a few vine maples to keep it natural and add a pop of red color.
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #9130680

I forgot to say that vine maples tolerate wet feet. I love vine maples.
Lake Stevens, WA

May 20, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #9130947

Didn't know that about Vine Maple. There is a vine maple with red bark, very pretty.
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9131070

Our granddaughter ran in the Boston Marathon this year also. She is from San Diego.

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