I remember when I first moved to Utah, I knew it was a desert, so I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to have trees in my yard! Fortunately, I was happy to learn that trees are easy to grow (even in Salt Lake City) if you choose the ones best suited for dry areas. Here’s a list of the trees well suited for dry areas.
Hardy in zones 3-8, the Bur Oak can grow to be a massive, GORGEOUS tree. And what’s most impressive is that it didn’t need too much water at all to get there. Bur Oaks need to be in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight every day and should be planted in an area of acidic soil. This tree should receive a few inches of water every week but can tolerate drought if need be.
If you’ve ever traveled through the desert in the United States, chances are you’ve seen one of these trees towering over the barren landscape. Hardy in a variety of zones (2-9) these hardy trees can grow just about anywhere, just as long as the soil has a bit of limestone in it. This tree should also receive 6 hours of direct sunlight every day and can grow as much as two feet per year.
The Hackberry tree is thought to be one of the toughest trees available to plant! Similar to the Eastern Red Cedar, the Hackberry tree is hardy in zones 2-9 and is known for giving off massive amounts of shade. This tree doesn’t need a certain temperature to thrive, just 14-60 inches of annual rainfall. It’s quite a spectrum, which just goes to show that this tree can grow ANYWHERE.
This drought-tolerant tree will give your yard some beautiful fall color just as soon as its leaves begin to change. The Shumard Oak tolerates a variety of tough soil conditions like compact, and poorly draining soils. It even does well planted in a park strip. This tree does best in growing zones 5-9. On average, this tree will grow about thirteen inches every year.
I have a Red Maple tree in my backyard and it’s always my favorite to watch when the leaves begin to change. And though its nickname is the “swamp maple,” Red Maple trees are surprisingly drought tolerant. They don’t need more than 16 inches of rain every year.