If you live in an area that is slightly parched of water, you know better than anyone that one of the things that decides whether fruit trees survive or not is your ability to supply it with sufficient water. Unfortunately, many people don’t take this in to account when buying fruit trees for sale. They will just go for the nicest looking tree, and then wish they could give it more water. If you do a bit of training trees before you rush out and buy a tree, you should be able to find trees that can survive on lower amounts of water.
Usually the most adaptable plants are the ones that are indigenous anyway. If you live in a zone that is suffering a water crisis, usually the only plants that survive are the ones that have been there all along. This is because they are used to the conditions and know how to survive. Just take a drive through the undeveloped regions of your city, and look at what fruit trees are producing. Find out their names, and buy them. They might not be the most attractive fruit trees, but you rarely have to make any modifications to your soil to get them to grow.
One of the most drought resistant trees that can grow anywhere is the “Scotch Pine”. Not only does it grow at a very fast rate of 20 or more inches per year, it is hardy and drought resistant. It usually grows between 25 and 35 feet, and it extremely easy to get started. Most fruit tree nurseries sell these trees, especially in areas with lower amounts of water.
There are many varieties of drought resistant trees available. Many fade to a yellowish brown color during the colder months, and this is usually what causes some people to dislike them and others to love them. However, there are many varieties of drought resistant trees available that do not do this.
The Rocky Mountain Juniper is another example of a drought resistant tree that is an extremely hardy and easy to grow. Its bark also turns a browner color during the winter, and rejuvenates in late spring.
Drought resistant trees are frequently used as windbreaks because of how tough and hardy they are. These drought resistant trees are also great if you are trying to attract different varieties of birds to your yard. They provide great branches to nest in. Unfortunately the Rocky Mountain Juniper doesn’t grow as fast as other hardy plants like it. The rate is less than 10 inches per year.
Another one of the most popular drought resistant trees is the Russian Olive. This tree is impressive and will definitely turn some heads once it is fully grown. It is more decorative than the other drought resistant trees mentioned above, and will reach 20 or 25 feet once it is fully grown. They are able to grow in almost any soil, and attract birds with the berries they produce.
As you can see, there are many options for you if your water is limited. There are many other drought resistant trees that I have not mentioned, and depending on your area, you may be able to find a preferable variety. Do a Google search for hardy plants that will survive in your area, and you should be presented with a large list. If you can’t find that list, just go outside and see what is currently flourishing. That is the best indication of what drought resistant trees you should buy.
Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain wonderfully, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herbal Advantages Here!
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