Four Kinds of Drought Tolerant Trees in Your Garden

Drought Tolerant Trees the Economy of Water Resources

If a gardener designs a garden, he or she always tends to minimize financial and working costs on the care and maintenance of their garden. “Why spend more, if there’s a possibility to avoid this?” That’s why itmakes sense to opt out ornamental trees that you can decorate your garden with, and at the same time use the water for irrigation economically. There are spices of drought tolerant trees which have roots penetrating into the lower soil layers to reach water reserves for their vital functions. There are also kinds of drought tolerant trees which put up with the lack of water and adjust to it.

Four Kinds of Unusual Ornamental Trees:

1. Oxydendrum Arboreum

A popular tree in the eastern zones of the country from the family of heathers, growing in the zones 5-9. These ornamental trees grow in the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky. They can be found in Eastern Virginia and in the south of Virginia, in the north of North Carolina, Ohio and in the west of Missouri. Oxydendrum arboreum grows slowly. It grows up to 30-65 feet (10-20 m) on average. It has dark-green foliage that turns into a glowing tree in the fall. Its bright red leaves of various hues stand out with their beauty in the background of the fall colors. In the beginning of summer these ornamental trees are covered with clusters of fragrant cream-white flowers, which will be substituted by brown seeds in the end of summer and stay on the trees all winter long.

The sprouts turn from green into red and brown twigs. Oxydendrum arboreum may not only decorate your garden, it’s a good melliferous tree as well. Jelly can be made from the flower juice. It looks amazing when planted as standalone in the background of the lawn. It can decorate the stalls of the garden.

2. Acacia Farnesiana

If you want to feel the spring aroma every year, plant Acacia farnesiana. These ornamental trees with delicate foliage are created to open the spring season. In the spring when it becomes warm, fragrant yellow flower balls appear on acacia. The flower fragrance is spread all over the garden and the tree creates a delicate shadow. It can grow up to 26 feet (8 m) tall. The tree can grow even in salty soils. It loves warm climate and the sun. Acacia farnesiana are drought tolerant trees. They tolerate the frosts poorly and can be grown in the zones 7-11.

3. A Handkerchief-Tree or a Dove-Tree Davidia Involucrata

Davidia InvolucrataThis is quite an unusual tree. It is less drought tolerant as the mentioned above drought tolerant trees. It’s called a dove-tree or a handkerchief-tree in different countries. Its botanical name is Davidia involucrata. A mature tree reaches 65 feet (20 m) tall. The shape of the tree is quite slim. The leaves are large, heart-shaped. Its flowers are so unique that it’s just impossible to miss this tree when passing by. Imagine a small flower 2 cm in diameter of red and brown color. Around it there are huge white bracts which are fixed, as if they are 2 petals, surrounding the core.

The size of each bract reaches 25 cm. Light breeze blows and bracts sway in the wind, like soaring doves or handkerchiefs, tied to the twigs. Davidia involucrata blooms in the middle of spring. Fruit in the shape of round nuts, hanging on long fruit stems, ripen by fall. This tree is very frost resistant. Davidia involucrata can be ranged as a drought tolerant tree. It can be grown in the zone 56 in the fertile drained soil.

4. A Hawthorn Winter King

Winter KingWe recommend to plant a hawthorn in your garden. A very ornamental kind of a hawthorn is Winter King. This is a branchy, medium height tree 20-23 feet (6-7 m) tall, which can be grown in the 5th zone. It can be grown both in Florida and Maryland. Hawthorn Winter King acclimatizes quite good in Texas. It grows well and bears fruits in Iowa and Illinois.

A hawthorn Winter King blooms with not big white flowers. Sometimes the blossom is so abundant, that the tree turns into a white cloud. The hawthorn is called Winter King for the above reason. This tree is very picturesque in spring with its blossom. In summer the tree bark of the silver color is seen through the foliage. By fall the foliage color turns from green into golden. When the leaves are shed, bright red berries are left on the tree, which decorate it all winter long attracting not just birds but everybody, who is not indifferent about the beauty of nature.

This kind of a hawthorn Winter King resists the diseases successfully and is poorlyaffected by the pests. Its fruits are bigger than the fruits of a regular hawthorn and they ripen in the middle of the fall. Usually their size is 0,5″(1-1,5cm). Hawthorns Winter King are quite drought tolerant trees and can grow in any soils.

These are ornamental trees which can became decorative part of your garden. They are drought tolerant trees to some extent. The factor that the trees require minimal care and watering allows us to choose these ornamental trees for growing in the garden.