Very damp soil shrubs

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Many bushes or trees grow in environments where water is often present: this can be due to the proximity of a river or a swamp, but also in the presence of very clayey soil (or a layer of clay deep down) that prevents water from infiltrating quickly. In extreme cases, some of these plants must even withstand immersion or, in any case, very wet soil around their roots, for periods of several weeks. This is the case, for example, of the Glutinous Alder, a tree quite familiar to the water's edge or in wet woods. In the "bayous" of Louisiana, the curious Bald Cypress - a deciduous conifer - uses aerial growths of its roots called pneumatophores to capture oxygen above the water level. Without necessarily going to these very demanding conditions, many bushes tolerate or appreciate a moist to waterlogged soil, such as the Buttonbush or Viking Chokeberry.
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