Drought Resistant Trees: How to Find, Types


If you live in an area that is only moderately supplied with water, you probably already know better than anyone else that one of the factors that determine whether or not a tree lives or dies is your capacity to provide it with an adequate amount of water. When purchasing a tree, a surprising number of people don’t give this consideration any thought at all. They will simply choose the tree that has the most appealing appearance, and then they will lament the fact that they cannot provide it with more water. If you put some thought into it before you dash out to get a tree, you should be able to find trees that can make do with less water if you follow the advice in the previous sentence.

In most cases, the plants that are native to an area are the ones that are most adaptable. When there is a severe lack of water in an area, the only plants that tend to make it through are the ones that have always been there. This is especially true if you live in such an area. This is because they have become accustomed to the conditions and are aware of how to survive. Simply take a drive through the areas of your city that have not been developed and observe the types of trees that are still green. Discover their names, and then purchase them. Even though they might not be the most aesthetically pleasing trees, you will rarely need to make any adjustments to the soil to get them to grow.

Scotch Pine

One of the trees known as the “Scotch Pine” can thrive in almost any environment without requiring a significant amount of water. Not only does it have a very fast growth rate of at least 20 inches per year, but it is also resistant to drought and can grow very quickly. It is very simple to establish, and its height can range anywhere from 25 to 35 feet at maturity. These trees can be purchased from the majority of nurseries, particularly in regions with a lower average annual precipitation. There are a great many different kinds to choose from. The fact that many turn a color somewhere between yellow and brown during the winter months is typically the factor that causes some people to dislike them, while other people adore them. There are, however, variants available that do not exhibit this characteristic.
The Rocky Mountain Juniper is a tree that is known for its extreme resilience and ease of cultivation. In the winter, its bark takes on a darker brown hue, and in the late spring, it regains its vibrant appearance. Because they are so durable, they are frequently utilized in the role of windbreaks. These trees are also an excellent choice if you want to encourage a wide variety of bird species to make their home in your yard. They offer excellent branches on which to build a nest. The Rocky Mountain Juniper, in contrast to other similarly hardy plants, does not grow nearly as quickly as the others. It averages out to less than 10 inches per year at this rate.

Russian Olive

The Russian olive is widely considered to be one of the most drought-resistant tree species. This tree is impressive, and once it reaches its full size, it will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention. It will grow to a height of 20 or 25 feet when it is fully mature, and it has a more ornamental appearance than the trees that were discussed earlier. They can flourish in almost any type of soil, and the berries that they produce to draw in a variety of avian species.

As you can see, even if you have restricted access to water, you still have a lot of choices. There are many more that I have not mentioned, and it is possible that, in your region, you will be able to locate a variety that is more to your liking. If you conduct a search on Google for hardy plants that can live in your region, you should receive a long list of options to choose from. If you are unable to find that list, you can simply go outside and observe what is thriving at the moment. That is the most reliable indicator of what it is that you should purchase.

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