You’d be surprised at the type of trees that will thrive in the desert southwest. These trees will do well in the lower elevations of the southwest. Most require little to moderate watering once they become established.
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Southwest Trees for lancscaping
The Afghan Pine
Scientific Name: Pinus eldarica
Full Sun: Full or partial shade – USDA Zone: 6 – 10
Afghan pine/Desert pine is a fast growing evergreen tree and can used as border landscaping. Can grow up to 80ft. tall and 30ft. wide. Low water once established. Also called Mondell pine.
Beautiful light purple blooms very hardy shrub or tree. Very drought tolerant once established. More Desert Willow Information
Full Sun – USDA – Zone: 7 – 10
Mesquite has green foliage and dedicious. Large sweet edible pods on brances. Very drought tolerant tree. Grows about 15-20ft tall and wide. Has large
thorns can be easily trained as a tree.
Very drought tolerant tree. Grows about 40ft tall and wide. Darker Bark.
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Mimosa or Silk Tree Scientific
Name: Albizia julibrissin
Full Sun – USDA – Zones: 6b thru 9
The Mimosa can withstand droughts beautiful pink spike blooms at top. Can grow up to 30ft. tall and sometimes wider.
Excellent canopy shade tree.
Very low water once established. Beautiful spiky dark blue blooms late spring early summer.
Its horizontal branches form a broad rounded canopy.
This tree loves full sun and is a moderate grower. Moderate water once established. Live oak tree information here
Scientific Name: Morus alba pendule
Can take Full USDA Zone 4-9
This weeping mulberry can grow up to 15-20ft tall not as wide. Tree froms a beautiful shade canopy.
It’s a great ornamental tree for a front entrance. Provides shade all summer long. It is deciduous and easy to trim.
The bark flakes will fall off, exposing white, smooth bark underneath. Excellent shade and ornamental tree.
Scientific Name: Fouqueiria splendens
Full Sun – USDA zone 8 & 7a – 7b. The Ocotillo is more of a shrub no real shade but has beautiful bright orange spring blooms. Green foilage in summer and grey in winter about 8-10ft tall.
Once established they can survive with desert rain only.
This tree does produce large sweet fruit. It Grows about 25ft. tall and 15ft. wide. Decidious in the southwest. Low water once established.
This is a great tree if you want lots of filtered light. Perfect for planting small flowering shrubs. Beautiful fragrant pink flowers. Grows about 35ft. tall and 25ft. wide. Good shade and ornamental tree.
Full Sun – USDA zones 7-8 (roots are hardy to zone 6)
This tree grows to about 25 – 30ft. tall and wide. Beautiful pink all summer long blooms. Fast grower and very drought resistent.
Another Southwest tree that lets lots of filtered light shine through.
Full Sun – USDA zones 7-8 (roots are hardy to zone 6) This tree looks great during the spring months. The hot mid summer heat will stress it out. A good tree to place in smaller spaces.
Needs occasional watering once established in the lower elevations of the southwest. Click photo for more information. Full Sun – USDA zones 7-8 (roots are hardy to zone 6)
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