Desert Shade Trees

Desert Shade Trees

If you are traveling in the middle of desert, the hot temperature and drought air may drive you crazy unless you can find a large shading area provided by trees. Some tree species can resist the high temperature and extreme drought conditions in desert locations while need very little maintenance during the growth. They usually have robust root system which can help them find water from the deep underground.

The mesquite tree in wild environment is a small tree species which has the same size as large shrubs. Their green foliage can feed many desert animals and provide water and nutrition for them. Some larger version of mesquite trees can grow more than 30 feet in height with a similar spread. The large canopy can offer you adequate shading in hot summer days in dry desert environment.

The desert willow tree is a fast-growing desert plants which need very little water during its growth. This feature makes it a perfect option to be living in the heart of the desert. The can grow up to 40 feet in height with a 20-foot spread when fully grown. Although it looks like willow trees in appearance, they are not members of willow family. They can produce attractive fragrant flowers in the rainy days in summer. If you are planning to plant some desert willow in your garden, provide enough space for them for further expansion.

The Blue palo verde is a deciduous tree which can resist drought environment. They can reach up to 30 feet in height and some thorn will appear on some of their trunks. They can produce yellow flowers in spring and summer, which will turn into edible seeds in harvesting season. They do not need too much water once the root system is fully established.

Image provided By Hendron Jane, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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