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Privacy screen advice for wet areas.
First choice is to try and grade the area so the water drains better.
Building a berm:
Planting Leyland Cypress or Green Giants shallow and building your berm by packing dirt around the rootballs. Some people do this with success, but it requires follow up and monitoring. Someone has to be watching the area, and re-packing with soil if /when it washes away. Also staking trees that are planted maybe 6 inches deep and 20 inches of dirt piled around it has to be 3 times as sturdy as trees planted normally(meaning the top of rootballs is 3 inches higher that the level ground around it). I am a firm believer in solid staking anyway, even when planted normal depth. It adds a per tree cost, and also might mean you lose NONE of your privacy trees. The root system to trunk connection is always loosened during digging the trees, loading the tractor trailer, unloading and planting. Staking securely allows that connection to heal. Remember a 12 foot tall Leyland cypress weighs 900 pounds, and if only 6 inches is below solid surface, it is very very top heavy.
A better berm is built a season before planting, maybe a foot tall and five feet wide, then rains will settle that soil down before planting.

All magnolias tolerate wet soils, and all are cold hardy through zone 6(long island) and some are cold hardy through zone 5 (near Canadian border. Magnolias are evergreen, they drop some leaves at different times year but do not shed all leaves in fall. You could actually make your privacy screen with magnolias. Some have white and some purple flowers.

River Birch (betula Nigra). There are native river birch, a cultivar called Heritage was popular for many years, and now most popular cultivar is called dura Heat. All will drink up water from damp locations.
The trunks can be single, double or triple, are so beautiful many people make a small row of these a showplace, put lights out to shine on the trunks at night. I recommend these for any damp location.
Deciduous, drops leaves in fall

Bald cypress, Taxodium distichum
Loves wet places, Mature Height: 40-60 ft Mature Spread: 20-25 ft Zone: 4-9
Deciduous, drops leaves in fall
Pond cypress, Taxodium ascendens
Loves wet places, Mature Height: 40-60 ft Mature Spread: 10-15 ft Zone: 5-9
Deciduous, drops leaves in fall
Timing: Leyland Cypress can be moved all spring, we slow down on july 4th through September.

If you decide on load of Leyland cypress or Thuja Green Giant to be delivered in April or May, and also thought to combine on the same load some River Birch , Pond Cypress and Magnolia, the last three need to be pre-dug by mid-March. If you dig these trees after they have leaved out, they will drop some leaves from the stress.

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