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Question by bjacob3
April 14, 2010
What tree or flowering kind of shrub can I plant that doesn't have accest to watering system?


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2010

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Some drought tolerant, low water use plants to consider include: Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii): Yellow Bird of Paradise is well-suited to our low desert climate. A multi-trunked shrub with compound leaves and beautiful yellow flowers that look like birds about to take flight.

Woolly Butterfly Bush (Buddleia marrubiifolia): The Woolly butterfly bush grows to 5 feet tall and wide, maintaining a dense form with little maintenance. The small, intricate orange flowers are attractive to butterflies.

Green Feathery Cassia (Cassia nemophila) ; A very tough and drought-tolerant shrub, the Green Feathery Cassia will survive under desert conditions. Its bright yellow flowers are quite showy.

Chuparosa (Justicia californica): A sprawling shrub 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Succulent green stems with red-orange, tubular flowers appear in late winter and spring. Hummingbirds love the Chuparosa.

Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens): Texas Sage thrives in the hot, muggy monsoon season. Plant this shrub in full sun and reflected heat locations. Purple-pink flowers. The hotter it gets, the better it likes it!

As with all newly installed landscape trees and shrubs, water regularly until the roots become established. Best wishes with your landscape.

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