Trees That Don’t Require a Lot of Water


Authored by Thea Tan in Gardening
Published on 02-08-2009

If you live in an area that does not have abundant water, then your ability to supply a growing tree with enough water determines whether it survives or not. However, a lot of people don’t consider this factor and just buy the nicest looking tree, thinking that they can get away with just giving it more water. If you want a tree that can survive in short supply of water, you should plan first before you rush to pick your tree.

Indigenous Plants

Indigenous plans are usually the most adaptable—those that have been in your water-limited area all along. These plants are used to the local conditions and have learned or developed means to survive even without ample water. You can drive through the underdeveloped regions of your city, look at which trees are green, know their names, and buy them. Although they aren’t the most attractive trees, at least you don’t need to modify your soil when growing them.

Scotch Pine

The “Scotch Pine” is one of the trees that grow anywhere and don’t require too much water. It grows at a fast rate of 20 or more inches per year, and it is hardy and drought-tolerant as well. It’s so easy to get started with this tree and it grows between 25 and 35 feet. You’ll find these trees in most nurseries, especially in areas that are not so abundant with water. Many fade to a yellowish-brown color during the colder months, but it’s up to you whether you like it that way or not. If you don’t like it that way, you can choose from the wide array of varieties of this tree.

Rocky Mountain Juniper

One hardy and easy-to-grow tree is the Rocky Mountain Juniper. It is so tough that the trees are often used as windbreakers. Its bark also becomes brown during the winter and rejuvenates in late spring. If you’re trying to attract different kinds of birds to your yard, then this tree is for you as it provides great branches for birds to nest in. This tree doesn’t grow as fast as other hardy plants though, having a rate of not more than 10 inches a year.

Russian Olive

The Russian Olive, one of the most popular drought-resistant trees, is a head-turner once it is fully grown. This tree is more attractive compared with the other trees mentioned before. It will reach 20 to 25 feet once it is fully grown. It can also stand almost any type of soil and produce berries that attract birds.

Indeed, having limited water in your area doesn’t limit you from choosing the perfect tree for you. There are more options aside from the ones mentioned here. You can also search in the Internet for hardy plants that can survive in your area. If you still don’t find any, just look around your area and see what tree is currently flourishing. Surely, that tree will give you a hint on what you should buy.


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