We all know that all plants need water. This, of course, includes trees. However, most of us don’t think about watering trees in the same way we would water our flower beds. Trees are not all made equally, so they all have unique water needs. Some need more, some need less, and knowing which kinds of trees need more or less water is essential to keeping your entire landscape healthy and beautiful. 

Types of Trees that Need More Water

In a climate like Memphis, where we often experiences stretches with excessive rainfall in a short amount of time, trees that need a lot of water can thrive. They can also help the rest of your landscape by absorbing water that would otherwise stand in your yard or over saturate areas around other plants that require less water. Trees that love water can also be an easy way to make up for bad drainage in your yard by absorbing any extra water. You can strategically place trees in problem areas to get the most significant benefit. 

While it may be easy to think that all trees are the same, here are some examples of trees that require the most water to thrive: 


  • River Birch: This tree is very adaptable. It will naturally grow beside creeks and lowlands. While it can survive in dry clay soil, it thrives in acidic, moist soil. These trees do need quite a bit of space to grow and if they aren’t placed properly, they can take over the area around them if they aren’t placed correctly. The team at Red’s Tree Service can help you determine the ideal placement of any trees you’re considering planting, so ensure that all of your plants are growing correctly. The River Birch is a very tough tree and can resist insect damage and disease. 


  • Willow Oak: These shade trees are a beautiful addition to any yard. It’s great for urban areas like Memphis because they grow quickly, so it’s not long before you can enjoy the positive effects. The willow oak is in the oak tree family and produces acorns that many different animals love. This tree can have up to 2-foot-growth per year. This tree is very resistant to insects and disease. Can be planted in areas of fluctuating water and is often planted for its versatility and its lumber.


  • American Sycamore: These are large, resilient trees that grow moderately quickly. You’ve probably noticed large sycamore leaves scattered over your lawn. This tree does best in large areas by a creek or wood line. The tree has a colorful peeling bark that is a unique color, so many people enjoy having them in their yard. This tree can tolerate both large amounts of water, as well as times of drought and drained soil. The root system is invasive so they shouldn’t be planted around other plants or structures or high traffic areas. 
  • Black Tupelo: These trees have a lovely color and do well in damp or wet places. They can also tolerate standing water or flooding. While these trees are difficult to transport, they’re very adaptable and can tolerate dry soil. They’re a great lawn or street tea and are resistant to insects and disease.  
  • Red Maple: These are the colorful tree that you probably associate with fall colors. They have strong roots that grow near the surface of the ground, so be careful about where you plant them. Their bark is also less resilient than others, so you’ll have to be careful about using string trimmers or edgers. Make sure that soil stays moist for best results. 
  • Sweet Magnolia: These trees grow often along creeks or in swampy lowlands in the south. They can handle extensive flooding as well as well-drained soil. It’s ready to be the focal point in any landscape. 
  • Bald Cypress: Native in swamps and marshes, this tree is called bald because it goes dormant. Most conifer trees are evergreen. It has a brilliant gold cold color that resembles a fern in the fall. The bald cypress is adaptable and can grow in dry, clay soil instead of just wet soil. 



How to Properly Water Your Trees 

Even with the amount of rainfall we get in Memphis, you might have to water your trees at times to make sure they have the correct amount of moisture. It’s important to understand how to water them most effectively to get the best, most long-lasting result. Watering your trees can make a huge difference in the health of your trees especially if they’re young. Trees will need water every few weeks for the first two years of their life. If the weather is dry, you’ll also need to need to water mature trees if there is a drought or any time it doesn’t rain for a month or more. 

It’s best to water tress slowly for a long time so the roots have enough to time absorb the moisture that soaks into the soil. The roots that absorb water generally aren’t more than a foot beneath the surface. It’s sufficient to concentrate your watering efforts to the area beneath the branches. Young trees should be watered near the trunk, where the root ball is. 

The team at Red’s Tree Service is prepared to help you understand the best ways to take care of your trees. We can also help you determine which trees will do best in any environment, whether you have moist soil, dry soil, or need to deal with a drainage problem. 

Contact Red’s Tree Service today for a quote and any other recommendations we may have for the trees in your lawn.