What plants are best suited to Acidic Soil?

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What plants are best suited to Acidic Soil?

Soil pH is an indication of the acidity or alkalinity of the soil measured in pH units. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14.

  • Neutral pH is considered pH 7.0
  • Acid soil has a pH value below 7.0
  • Alkaline soil has a pH value above pH 7.0

Most plants are happy in a slightly acidic to neutral soil measuring 6.5-7.0.

Plants that prefer acidic soil

  • Paperbark maple / Acer griseum
  • Box elder / Acer negundo
  • Red maple / Acer rubrum
  • Japanese maple / Acer palmatum
  • Striped maple / Acer pensylvanicum
  • Silver maple / Acer saccharinum
  • Common alder / Alnus glutinosa
  • June berry / Amelanchier species & varieties
  • Birch / Betula species and varieties
  • Common camellia / Camellia japonica
  • Dogwood / Cornus controversa
  • Dogwood / Cornus kousa and Chinensis
  • White ash / Fraxinus Americana
  • Holly / Ilex aquifolium & varieties
  • Sweet gum / Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Tulip tree / Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Southern magnolia / Magnolia grandiflora
  • Magnolia varieties / Magnolia soulangeana etc.
  • Tupelo, Black gum / Nyssa sylvatica
  • Persian ironwood / Parrotia persica
  • Aspen / Populus tremula
  • Scarlet oak / Quercus coccinea
  • Pin oak / Quercus palustris
  • Red oak / Quercus rubra
  • Rhododendron / Rhododendron species & varieties
  • Grey willow / Salix cinerea
  • Crack willow / Salix fragilis
  • Mountain ash, Rowan / Sorbus aucuparia varieties
  • American mountain ash / Sorbus americana
  • Snowy mountain ash / Sorbus decora

How to tell what pH level your soil is

If you don’t know what type of soil you have in your garden, you can easily find out what type it is by buying a test kit. These kits are inexpensive and widely available at most garden centres.

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