Walter/Erica, help with tree planting.

So I'm going to be planting some trees in my new yard, chinese elm, red maple, river birch, crape myrtle and I have red clay. Just finished the Gerogia Gardener's Guide by Erica and Walter and it says not to amend the soil when digging a hole for a tree. However, when you get to the individual tree in the book, it specifies the soil the tree needs. So... do I amend the soil or not? I would think I have to do something to help the poor little guys. Ideas?
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