En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - April 06, 2013

From: Laughlin, NV
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Trees for property in Nevada
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Mr. Smarty Plants: I would like to plant trees in between Crepe Myrtles than put up a fence along the paved road. The temperature ranges from 27'F to 130'F. It is a full sun all day and I will install a drip system. The rest of the front yard has various kinds of cacti: Ocotillos, Chollas, pink beavertails or pink prickly pears, barrel cacti, Mexican Bird of Paradise, etc. as well as a septic system. What would you recommend?

ANSWER:

You didn't say what size tree you were interested in so I am suggesting several native trees of various sizes that are known to grow in Clark County, Nevada and would fit in well with the other plants in your yard.

Chilopsis linearis (Desert willow) grows to 15-40 feet, is heat, drought and cold tolerant and produces exotic-looking flowers.  Here are more photos and information from University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.

Cercocarpus ledifolius (Curl-leaf mountain mahogany) is evergreen and grows to 10-20 feet.  Here are photos and more information from Las Pilitas Nursery in California and CalPhotos from the University of California-Berkeley.

Fraxinus cuspidata (Fragrant ash) grows to 20 feet, has fragrant flowers and is cold hardy to 5 to 10 degrees F and tolerates heat well.  Here are more photos and more information from Aggie Horticulture.

Hesperocyparis arizonica (Arizona cypress) is evergreen and grows to 30-40 feet.  Here is more information from Virginia Tech.

Prosopis glandulosa (Honey mesquite) grows to 30 feet and is well-adapted to hot, dry conditions and improves the soil by fixing nitrogen.  Here is more information from the US Forest Service and Winrock International.

Prosopis pubescens (Screwbean mesquite) grows to 30 feet, does well in heat and hardy down to ~15° F.   Here is more information from University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.

You can search for more possibilites on the Nevada Recommended page that list commercially available plants native to Nevada that are suitable for landscaping.  You can use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option to limit the search to "Tree" under the General Appearance category.

 

From the Image Gallery


Desert willow
Chilopsis linearis

Desert willow
Chilopsis linearis

Fragrant ash
Fraxinus cuspidata

Arizona cypress
Hesperocyparis arizonica

Honey mesquite
Prosopis glandulosa

Screwbean mesquite
Prosopis pubescens

Screwbean mesquite
Prosopis pubescens

More Trees Questions

Viability of Desert Willow in clay soil in Fredericksburg, TX
November 25, 2005 - I have recently purchased a house in a new subdivision in Fredericksburg, TX. The lot was not landscaped. I have a small lot (85 X 135), my back yard is about 50 X 85. The soil is a heavy clay. I am c...
view the full question and answer

Differences between smooth bark and rough bark Arizona cypress
March 12, 2008 - What is the difference between smooth bark Arizona Cypress and rough bark Arizona Cypress in terms of tree growth, form, foliage, etc.? Will one grow better than the other in the Waco area?
view the full question and answer

A tree to replace a pin oak in PA
January 25, 2011 - My 120 yr old pin oak has root and butt rot, 5 of 13 roots dead by pressure testing. I am in Pittsburgh PA. I want to plant a root rot resistant tree, either evergreen, fir or deciduous. The tree is 9...
view the full question and answer

Evergreen tree for privacy screen in Granbury Texas
December 21, 2014 - We need to put an evergreen privacy screen between our barn and our neighbor's new 132' long, unattractive building, which runs along & is just 40' away from our fence line & where they have decid...
view the full question and answer

Identity of tree with fragrant yellow flowers and thorns
June 06, 2013 - I'm not sure if this is a native plant. It's a tree, around 15" tall. The leaves are in bunches with 3-4 very sharp small spines at each bunch. Flowers are small, yellow, hang down from the leaf...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center