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Ideal pH Levels for Trees, Bushes and Shrubs

Often, we do not think about the soil that our bushes, trees and shrubs live in. When we do, we seldom think about the soil ph. But, like every other plant species, they each have their own specific, ideal  pH level, that optimizes health and growth.

When a plant is in soil that is not optimized for it's growth needs, essential minerals and nutrients become locked up in the soil, unavailable to the plant.

Give all your trees, bushes and shrubs, the correct pH balance for optimum growth potential. If they aren't growing or as healthy as you think they should be, you should conduct a soil test to see if the soil pH level needs adjusting. More on soil PH and how to adjust pH levels.

Listed below are the ideal pH levels, for poplar bushes, trees and shrubs:

Bush, Tree, Shrub: Ideal Soil pH
Arborvitae 6.0 -8.0
Ash Tree 6.0 - 7.0
Azalea 4.5 - 5.5
Beech Tree 5.0 - 6.5
Birch 5.0 - 6.5
Boxwood 6.5 - 7.5
Crab Apple 5.0 - 6.0
Dogwood 6.0 - 7.0
Forsythia 6.5 - 7.5
Holly 4.5 - 5.5
Hydrangea, blue 4.0 - 5.0
Hydrangea, pink 6.0 - 7.0
Ivy 6.5 - 8.0
Juniper 5.0 - 7.0
Lilac 6.0 - 7.5
Magnolia 5.0 - 6.0
Maple 6.0 - 7.5
Mock Orange 6.0 -8.0
Oak 5.0 - 6.5
Rhododendron 4.5 - 6.0
Roses 5.5 - 7.0
Spruce 4.5 - 5.5
Raspberry, red 6.0 - 7.5
Strawberry 5.0 - 7.5
Willow, weeping 5.0 - 6.0
Wisteria 6.5 - 8.0
Yew 5.5 - 7.5

Note: The most ideal level, is the mid-point of a given range.

Simple, easy to use soil testers, help you to quickly determine if your soil pH needs an adjustment. And, they are inexpensive. About Soil Testers.


Find the ideal soil pH level for your favorite plants:


More Information:

About soil pH

More on Soil Testers

About Electronic Soil Testers








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