Trees which are used in this type of soil should be extremely vigorous in their habit of growth. There is no special reason which can be set forth, from a physiological standpoint as a guide, for selecting types of trees for these conditions. The best and safest guide is the experience of others.
(Black Alkali Soils - Sodium Carbonate):
Koelreuteriapaniculata Varnish Tree
(White Alkali Soils.)
Tree of Heaven Elaeagnus angustifolia
Honey Locust (only fairly tolerant)
Halimodendron halodendron Salt Tree
Platanus orientalis Oriental Plane
Populus fremonti Western Cottonwood
David's Flowering Peach Quercus lobata
California White Oak Robinia pseudacacia, Black Locust Ulmus (in variety)
Elm (only fairly tolerant)
Note: All varieties of Prunus will thrive in alkali soils if grafted on Prunus davidiana.