Which species of trees would grow best in this situation?
Maine et Loire, France
We have a large field which used to be full of poplars, but they were felled a year ago. In the spring, we planted nearly two hundred mixed 'native species.' After a very dry summer a large number have died and most are just hanging on. The field is a shallow clay soil, sloping from north to south to a stream. Trees on the lower part have done a lot better.
We planted sweet chestnuts, limes, hornbeam, field maples, silver birch and a few oddities like catalpa (bean tree) which is the only one doing well. Apart from this, what trees would flourish in a site like this? I don't want to grow poplars again.
- 28 Sep, 2009