Drought Hardy Trees

If you live in the high desert country and want to plant trees, you'll need drought hardy trees.

If you live in the high desert country you'll need to realize that trees that grow in different areas will not necessarily grow in this part of the counry due to lack of water, the climate, and winds, all of these factor in on growth.

Sometimes you can plant a tree and it will live till the winter or even to the spring but then it will be lost and this is expensive and time consuming to work with a tree and lose it eventually. If you will stick to planting the trees I have described below you will have better success. Always check with an expert at a local nursery in your area.

Be sure to supply extra water to these trees so that they can become well established. Again, deep watering will promote deep root growth and will help to improve drought tolerance. Building up a drought tolerance in your trees is very important and cannot be stressed enough if you plan to grown trees in the high desert country. Many drought tolerant trees will also do well in poor soils. Be sure to know the specific needs of the trees you decide to plant, that is very important.

Catalpa- takes some extra water

Populus- cottonwood; needs regular watering until it is established.

Celtis occidentalis- blackberry; tolerates drought after it is established

Elaeagnus angustifolia- Russian oliver; this is a tough tree

Fraxinus velutina- Arizona ash; hardy to -l0 degrees F.

Koelreuteria paniculata- goldenrain tree; not always hardy in coldest areas

Pinus edulis- pinon pine

Pinus ponderose- ponderosa pine; prefers the higher elevations

Ulmus pumila- Chinese elm; very tough and often consdiered a weed

Populus nigra- Lombardy poplar; grows fast but lives maximum of l5 years

Populus tremuloides- quaking aspen; prefers the higher elevations

Robinia pseudoacacia- black locust; real tough

Salix matsudana- hankow willow

Salix matsudana Navajo- Navajo globe willow

Salix matsudana umbraculifera globe willow

I have had better success with the Chinese Elm

than any other tree and I live at 7,000 elevation

in the high desert country.

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