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Soil pH ranges from neutral (7) to acid (below 7) to alkaline (above 7). Extreme pH levels in either direction negatively affect the availability of key nutrients required by plants.

Moderately acid soils (<7 to 5) are common to regions with high rainfall and are usually high in organic matter. There are certain plants that prefer a pH slightly below 6. These acid-loving plants should not be irrigated with graywater. Since many of these plants are native to high rainfall regions, many of them are water consuming. The following list provides a selection of such plants.


Botanical name
Azalea sp.
English common name
____
Arabic common name
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Group
Evergreen or deciduous shrub
Comment
Plant in raised beds in alkaline soils

Botanical name Camellia japonica
English common name
Camellia
Arabic common name
كاميليا
Group
Evergreen shrub
Comment
Likes acid soils with plenty of moisture

Botanical name Cornus canadensis
English common name
Bunchberry
Arabic common name
____
Group
Deciduous carpet plant
Comment
Best in acid soils (Cornus mas tolerates alkaline soils)

Botanical name Gardenia jasminoides
English common name
Cape Jasmin, Gardenia
Arabic common name
جاردينيا
Group
Evergreen shrub
Comment
Requires acid soils, hard to grow in alkaline soils

Botanical name Ilex aquifolium
English common name
English Holly
Arabic common name
____
Group
Evergreen shrub or tree
Comment Prefers slightly acid soils

Botanical name Magnolia grandiflora
English common name
Southern Magnolia
Arabic common name
ماجنوليا 
Group Evergreen tree
Comment
Gets chlorosis from alkaline soils

Botanical name Magnolia soulangiana
English common name
Saucer Magnolia
Arabic common name
ماجنوليا
Group
Deciduous tree
Comment
Gets chlorosis from alkaline soils

Botanical name Nandina domestica
English common name
Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo
Arabic common name
____
Group
Evergreen shrub
Comment
Subject to chlorosis in alkaline soils


Botanical name
Protea sp.
English common name
Protea
Arabic common name
____
Group
Evergreen shrub
Comment
Most prefer acid soils (Protea neriifolia will grow in alkaline soils)


Botanical name
Prunus caroliniana
English common name
Carolina Laurel Cherry
Arabic common name
____
Group
Evergreen shrub
Comment
Often shows salt burn and chlorosis in alkaline soils


Botanical name
Rhododendron sp.
English common name
____
Arabic common name
____
Group
Evergreen or deciduous shrub
Comment
Plant in raised beds in alkaline soils


Botanical name
Rosa sp.
English common name
Roses
Arabic common name
ورد 
Group
Shrub
Comment
Roses grow well in soils ranging from moderately acid
to slightly alkaline, but cannot tolerate high alkalinity


Botanical name
Taxodium distichum
English common name
Bald Cypress
Arabic common name
____
Group
Deciduous tree
Comment
Takes any soils except slightly alkaline

Botanical name Taxus baccata
English common name
English Yew
Arabic common name
____
Group
Evergreen shrub or tree
Comment Does not tolerate alkaline soils

Botanical name Tsuga sp.
English common name
Hemlock
Arabic common name
____
Group
Coniferous evergreen tree and shrub
Comment Grows in acid soils


Botanical name
Wisteria sinensis
English common name
Chinese Wisteria
Arabic common name
وستيريا
Group Deciduous vine
Comment
In alkaline soils watch out for chlorosis

 

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Botanical name


Azalea sp.

English common name


____

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen or deciduous shrub

Comment


Plant in raised beds in alkaline soils



 

Botanical name


Camellia japonica

English common name


Camellia

Arabic common name


كاميليا

Group


Evergreen shrub

Comment


Likes acid soils with plenty of moisture



 

Botanical name


Cornus canadensis       

English common name


Bunchberry

Arabic common name


____

Group


Deciduous carpet plant

Comment


Best in acid soils (Cornus mas tolerates alkaline soils) 



 

Botanical name


Gardenia jasminoides

English common name


Cape Jasmin, Gardenia

Arabic common name


جاردينيا

Group


Evergreen shrub

Comment


Requires acid soils, hard to grow in alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Ilex aquifolium

English common name


English Holly

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen shrub or tree

Comment


Prefers slightly acid soils 



 

Botanical name


Magnolia grandiflora

English common name


Southern Magnolia

Arabic common name


ماجنوليا

Group


Evergreen tree

Comment


Gets chlorosis from alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Magnolia soulangiana

English common name


Saucer Magnolia

Arabic common name


ماجنوليا

Group


Deciduous tree

Comment


Gets chlorosis from alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Nandina domestica

English common name


Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen shrub

Comment


Subject to chlorosis in alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Protea sp.

English common name


Protea

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen shrub

Comment


Most prefer acid soils (Protea neriifolia will grow in alkaline soils) 



 

Botanical name


Prunus caroliniana

English common name


Carolina Laurel Cherry

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen shrub

Comment


Often shows salt burn and chlorosis in alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Rhododendron sp. 

English common name


____

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen or deciduous shrub

Comment


Plant in raised beds in alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Rosa sp. 

English common name


Roses

Arabic common name


ورد

Group


Shrub

Comment


Roses grow well in soils ranging from moderately acid to slightly alkaline, but cannot tolerate high alkalinity 



 

Botanical name


Taxodium distichum 

English common name


Bald Cypress

Arabic common name


____

Group


Deciduous tree

Comment


Takes any soils except slightly alkaline 



 

Botanical name


Taxus baccata

English common name


English Yew

Arabic common name


____

Group


Evergreen shrub or tree

Comment


Does not tolerate alkaline soils 



 

Botanical name


Tsuga sp.

English common name


Hemlock

Arabic common name


____

Group


Coniferous evergreen tree and shrub

Comment


Grows in acid soils 



 

Botanical name


Wisteria sinensis

English common name


Chinese Wisteria

Arabic common name


وستيريا

Group


Deciduous vine

Comment


In alkaline soils watch out for chlorosis