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?


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

Friday - July 05, 2013

From: Jodhpur, India
Region: Other
Topic: Non-Natives, Trees
Title: Tree with taproot for Jodhpur India
Answered by: Barbara Medford


I am a resident of India. I need information of a tree with tap roots to grow in my backyard. We have moderate to hot climate here. It needs to be as small as possible due to lack of space. It'd be great if its shady.


We are sorry, but you seem to have reached a wrong number. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, home of Mr. Smarty Plants, in Austin, Texas is committed to the growth, propagation, and protection of plants native not only to North America, excluding Mexico, but also to the area in which they evolved. In other words, Austin is in Travis County, in Central Texas so we try to recommend plants that are native, if not to Travis County, then to Central Texas. The reason for this is that plants that have always grown  in an area have evolved to tolerate the climate, rainfall and soils and can grow without the use of too many resources, such as water, fertilizer and back muscles.

Since India qualifies on none of those counts, and we would have no idea if any of the plants we might recommend from our Native Plant Database could even be obtained where you are and, having no idea of your geography or location in India, would not know if a plant we might recommend could survive, much less flourish.

We do, however, believe that in a country as large as India there must be horticultural resources online that could help you, be they agricultural schools, teaching universities or plant nursery interests. We are going to see if we can find anything on the Internet that might get you started. After all, you found us half a world away, surely we can find some information on the same Internet.

From the Jain Book Depot, here is a list of books on gardening in India.

Blog on India Garden

Garden Guru The Online Gardening Store

Important Native Trees of India

The Times of India In support of native trees

Royale Institution E Learning India - Horticulture Classes

Hope this is enough to get you started!


More Non-Natives Questions

Survival of non-native mimosa in Pennsylvania
June 08, 2008 - Can a mimosa tree survive in Pennsylvania weather?
view the full question and answer

Non-native zoysia and bermuda grasses in Austin
July 11, 2013 - We have Bermuda grass in the front and Zoysia in the back yards. The back grass is fine but the front yard Bermuda isn't. We have watered once each week during the spring and during the past 3 weeks...
view the full question and answer

Eliminating kudzu from Richmond KY
March 26, 2014 - I live in Richmond KY, Kirksville area. I have noticed that Kudzu has started to grow in my patch of land next to the creek. How can I get rid of this before it becomes a big problem?
view the full question and answer

Watering for Scarlett Milkweed in Florida
October 18, 2008 - I have a Scarlett Milkweed and it was doing very well until this last week. It now has yellow leaves that are falling off and no flowers. It says on the tag that the water is low once it is establishe...
view the full question and answer

When to plant non-native red-tip photinia
November 17, 2011 - When do you plant the Red-Tip Photinia Flowering Shrubs in Roanoke VA?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center