I need a fast growing tree for clay soil, any ideas?

studio728July 2, 2006

I live in Tracy, Ca. There is hard clay-like soil in my yard. The summers here are super hot, and the winters are wet & windy. I would really like a fast growing tree that will do well here and look pretty. Do you know of any trees that can hep me?

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

You could check with your local nursery to see if either a lilly pilly (Acmena, Syzygium, etc) or a jacaranda would suit. Perhaps not a Eucalyptus as you have a windy area...

A possible, if drainage is not an issue, and a big tree is not the object - perhaps one of the Proteas.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 12:18AM
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corgicorner(Mass 6/7)

Don't know where you live in California, but if you have leaves available like we do in Massachusetts, mix LOTS of leaves in with your "soil". It will make a whale of a lot of difference in the soil. Leaves are cheap, otherwise use peat moss. Another option might be to mix coffee grounds in with your soil. Rome wasn't built in a day, and you cannot correct your soil condition overnight, but either one of the above will definitely help. you can coffee grounds FREE at many Coffee shops if you will give them 5 gallon containers to fill. Take all they will give you. Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 9:33PM
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