The Q&A Archives: Trees For Shade

Question: Hello!

I live in the desert Southwest area, specifically right outside El Paso, Texas.

In our neighborhood, no one really has lawns, but they do have a lot of tall shady trees, since the summers here are very hot and very bright.

I'd like to plant some trees in the spring that grow quick and provide lots of shade, so that our living room and other places where the sun comes in through the windows are well protected from the sun by the shade of a fast growing tree.

For our region, the desert southwest, which tress do you recommend that grow fast, don't consume a lot of water, and provide lots of shade?

Thank you so much for your time!


Answer: Roman,

All those specifications in one tree are hard to come by. Nevertheless there are some better choices to consider to try and accomplish fairly fast shade in a good, long lived and tough tree. I would consider a Mexican Blue Oak or a Western Soapberry. The following web site lists other good plant options for your area:

For more information and other adapted plant suggestions contact your Extension Office's free gardening hotline: 915-859-7725 x 230 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm).

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