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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.

 

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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

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