These Southwestern will do well in the lower elevations of New Mexico. They require moderate to little watering. Click on the New Mexico tree photo for a larger image. These Photos were taken in and around the southern part of New Mexico mostly around Las Cruces.
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TREE PHOTOS TAKEN IN AND AROUND SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
Scientific Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Full or partial shade – USDA Zone: 6 – 10 Italian Cypress can grow up to 60-80ft in the southwest and only 3-4ft wide. Excellent tree for a dense border screen. Very drought tolerant once established. Year round Evergreen tree. Almost no maintenance.
Scientific Name: Fraxinus velutina ‘Modesto’
They Love Full Sun – USDA Zone 8 – 9 Can grow up to 40ft tall and 30ft wide. An excellent shade tree and moderate grower. Does very well in the southwest, moderate watering check for parasite growth (Mistletoe) deciduous. All varieties of Ash trees will do well in the southwest. Fall cleanup moderate. Looking for the Raywood Ash tree?
The fall color of a Raywood Ash Tree.
Bald Cypress Scientific Name: Taxodium distichum – Full Sun – USDA – Zone: 7 – 10
The Bald Cypress needs moderate to regularing watering, even after establishing. Average height 70ft, 30ft wide, will drop leaves about late October in the southwest. Deciduous easy fall cleanup.
New Mexico Southwest Trees
Scientific Name: Juniperus scopulorum
Full Sun – USDA – Zones: 5 thru 7. More of an ornamental tree. This tree can be used as a border plan. Drought Tolerant Easy Care tree. Extremely Hardy Tolerates Poor Soils, Deer Resistant. Excellent for close wall bordering. About 15-20 ft high 20ft wide. Almost zero maintenance.
Euclayptus Tree Scientific Name: Eucalyptus melliodora
Full Sun – USDA Zones: 4-10
A good choice New Mexico evergreen tree, withstanding dry areas and wind. Drought tolerant once established good ornamental tree. This tree is low maintenance. About 40’ft tall and just as wide.
Chinese Pistache Tree Scientific Name: Pistacia chinensis
Loves Full Sun – USDA Zones: 4-10
This Las Cruces tree is a desirable ornamental with attractive, umbrella-like crown. Lustrous green leaves turn a brilliant orange crimson in fall. Very drought tolerant, deciduous and extremely handsome tree. About 30-40 ft. tall and wide. Does well in the desert heat.
Scientific Name: Washingtonia robusta
Can take Full USDA Zone 7-10. Also known as the Mexican fan palm. Can grow to about 100ft tall. Fronds must be cut back from winter frost damage in the southwest. Low water once established. Always plant in full sun.
Scientific Name: Washingtonia filifera
Full Sun – USDA Zone 7-10
Grows up to 50-60ft tall. More hardier in the southwest than the Mexican palm. Fronds need trimming in spring after frost damage. Low water once established plant in full sun. Care of Palm Trees. Peter A. Hogg Photo
Scientific Name: Chamaerops humilis
Full Sun – USDA Zone 7-10
Grows up to 10-15ft tall. Very hardy palm tree. Does alot better than the California and Mexican Palm tree in the southwest. More information at: Mediterranean Palm Tree
The general public will argue about these trees doing well in the Desert soutwest. They will thrive here providing they have ample water and normal gardening care.
Grows up to 60ft tall and about 40-50ft wide. Evergreen tree that will shed leaves in spring. Slow grower, needs regular watering in the southwest. Fun sun to partial shade. Loves the Las Cruces area.