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Can Locust Trees (Black and Honey) Tolerate Wet Sites?

 
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There's a lowland field I'd like to plant into timber next spring. I want to know if this would be a viable spot for locust. I'm also thinking about doing black walnut for timber down there, as I wouldn't be using the space for anything else
 
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The honey locust grow within 5 feet of my pond. They are in a low spot but I cant say the roots are submerged in water.
Osage Orange likes the low spots too.
I have no idea on the black locust as my seedlings all froze and died last winter.
The black walnuts grow along the creek here but tend to be on a little bit higher ground than the osage orange and the honey locusts.
Not really a fan of the honey locust but they fill a spot and tend to get shaded out by other trees.
 
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I have a black locust growing in a pretty wet area, and it has been thriving.

I planted it about two years ago and it was about 3 feet tall. Just two years later it is over 15 feet tall and growing like crazy!
 
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Steve Thorn wrote:I have a black locust growing in a pretty wet area, and it has been thriving.

I planted it about two years ago and it was about 3 feet tall. Just two years later it is over 15 feet tall and growing like crazy!




Sounds successful to me!
 
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Black Locust grows pretty great in Washington.  I have some on a fenceline right by a ditch, and very high water table will kill them, but I think they need at least a foot above winter water table is all.  More successful plantings I have had in lower spots would be ash trees and red alder.  For very low (nearly flooded) I have gone for bald cypress and pin oak.  Black Walnut like a good tap root and probably need a couple feet above the water table.

Since I often have drainage ditches in lowland fields, I clean out ditches into piles of the spoils 5-6 feet high, and then plant trees into the sides at 1-2 ft height -- really helps in very low areas!
 
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