Tree Landscaping

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The Palo Verde Tree

The Palo Verde tree (Cercidium-Parkinsonia) also known as the Desert Museum Palo Verde. It is an exceptional tree for the Southwest.  It is a Hybrid of the common Palo Verde tree that is native to the Sonoran and Southwest desert.  Flowering Palo Verde It produces a mass of beautiful small yellow flowers in late spring.  […]

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Desert Willow Tree

Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis) is a low watering spring blooming tree. It does well in the southwest.  The leaf is long narrow and curved thus its botanical name Linearis. The one pictured below is the most common.  There are several varieties that you can use for your desert landscaping needs.  A true native Desert willow […]

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Identify trees by leaves

Identify trees by leaves

Identify trees by leaves – You can click on each image for a larger view. The majority of the images come from in and around the Southwest New Mexico area.  Others are from bigstock.com images. Learn more about the Texas Red Oak Information. The Chinese Pistache tree is in my opinion the best ornamental/shade tree […]

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Chinese Pistache Tree

Chinese Pistache Trees – Southwest Landscape

Chinese Pistache Trees for landscaping (Pistacia chinensis). The Chinese Pistache tree (non-bearing) is Probably one of the hardiest trees to plant in and around the Southwest. It is a small to medium-sized ornamental tree and of course, it is native to China.   A very drought tolerant hardy tree for regions where rainwater is low but […]

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Texas Red Oak Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information (Quercus buckleyi). A good looking tree for the southwest and other parts of the west.  I love this tree for its hardiness and overall looks.  Many folks do not realize Red Oak trees will do well here particularly the Texas Red Oak.  It is native to south-central Texas but can […]

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Carolina Laurel Tree

Carolina Laurel Tree

The Carolina Laurel Tree in the Southwest( ‘Bright ‘N Tight’ Carolina Cherry Laurel )It does very well in the Southwest providing they are given lots of water during the first 3-4 years after initial planting. They are considered a water-loving tree around the Southwest and rightly so. They do like above moderate waterings once it is […]

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Types of Pecan Trees

Types of pecan trees

Types of pecan trees in the Southwest. These tips are for backyard or small pecan orchard landscaping.  You can learn more about large orchard pecan trees over at NMSU Pecan varieties.  Western Schley – This pecan tree will do best in the arid desert southwest. And is the most common pecan tree in the Southwest […]

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The Italian Cypress Tree

The Italian Cypress tree

The Italian Cypress tree (Cupressus sempervirens) care and information.  This tree is a conifer meaning evergreen foliage it will grow up to 80 ft. tall and about 3-4 ft. wide.  I’ve seen this tree in many landscaping scenes from new homes to state and city landscapes.  But oftentimes newly planted ones will die due to […]

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The difference in palm trees

The difference between palm trees

The difference between palm trees.  Palm trees are in the Plantae Arecaceae family and will do great in warm and tropical areas of the U.S. They are drought tolerant once they become established.  But, the cold hardiness varies among the thousands of types of palms.  This post will basically describe the most common Palm trees […]

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The Care of Live Christmas Trees

The Care of Live Christmas Trees

The Care of Live Christmas Trees.  What exactly is a Live Christmas Tree?  Well, It is a live evergreen conifer tree that you can use to decorate for the Christmas season.  The root system is encased in a burlap sack and sometimes this balled up sack is reinforced with chicken wire.  The majority of these […]

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