Russian Olive Alternative?

desert_cocoJune 6, 2007

In New Mexico, Russian Olives are invasive plants, and I found out that they spread to the Rio Grande's banks far from their original planting site because birds eat the fruit. Not wanting to contribute to this problem, I have decided not to plant a russian olive tree in my sun baked, poor sandy soil back yard. Does anyone have a suggestion for an alternative tree to plant? It should be fast growing, heat and drought tolerant, thrive in poor, sandy soil, and be tolerant of cold (0 degree) winters that are typical of the part of Albuquerque I live in. Thanks,

coco

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lavenderforluck(z5CO)

maybe try these

Geijera parviflora (Australian willow)
Juniper Plants or Evergreen Trees
Thuja Giant
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Heritage River Birch
and here is a list i got from google

or http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/trees-new/text/droughttolerant
Good Luck and Have a Blessed Day!

Here is a link that might be useful: Drought Tolerant Trees

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 3:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
laurabs(7b)

You might enjoy this search site too. When I was looking at trees my sister might get in AZ, I noticed many trees can't be shipped there. Probably it's due to invasiveness also, but I would never have guessed so many trees could go crazy in that dry heat.

http://www.arborday.org/

Here is a link that might be useful: Arbor Day trees

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 12:27AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
esh_ga

I do think this is a question that might be answered for you on some of the regional forums: SW Gardening, Arizona, Texas .... Once you get ideas, you can determine if one of them is a native plant by checking the USDA Plants database and other sources.

You have a unique situation in terms of climate that many of us in the East are not familiar with. That's not to say that you won't get an answer here, but you might want to try in both places.

Here is a link that might be useful: southwest forum

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 8:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ladyslppr(z6 PA)

I would look around the neighborhood to see what types of trees are doing well in your area. Once you see a tree that you like, you can figure out what type it is, do a little research on how fast it grows, and decide if you want to plant one. IF you are planting on a lawn or other irrigated place, most of the native trees in the area will do fine. Cottonwood, for instance, will do fine with the amount of water that a lawn receives even though it has the reputation for being a water-loving tree.

My suggestion is Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis). It is native, has great-looking flowers, blooms much of the summer, and should be hardy where you live. It is very drought tolerant but can take irrigation as well.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 12:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
adp_abq(7b NM)

Silver buffaloberry is the best alternative to russian olive. Looks similar but native and has all characteristics you describe. I have 2 in my backyard here in albuquerque.

Here is a link that might be useful: Silver Buffaloberry

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 10:42AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Arum italicum - how to eradicate
I've just learned how invasive this plant can be. I'm...
shelley_r
A couple beautiful natives
Any idea of what these are? I think the star is a...
Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b
Looking for Alternative for Russian Sage
Over the weekend, I was out of the state and seen some...
lovefornature
Which of these wildflowers will spread via roots to form colonies?
Hi, For the benefit of creating a useful list... Out...
njbiology
Callery Pear Forests
Today I had a shock. We were driving through the way...
texasranger2
Sponsored Products
Alliyah Handmade Golden Olive New Zealand Blend Wool Rug
Overstock.com
Hand Woven Flat Weave Yellow Electro Wool Rug (8' x 10')
Overstock.com
Couristan 5714-0134 Urbane Sand Indoor/Outdoor Rug Multicolor - 57140134038055T
$59.00 | Hayneedle
Runner: Candice Olson Olive 2' 6" x 10'
Home Depot
Accent Rug: Mineral Biscotti 2' x 3'
$45.49 | Home Depot
Ankara Silver 84 x 50-Inch Embroidered Faux Silk Curtain Single Panel
$113.95 | Bellacor
Diamond Sofa Glass Leg Cocktail Table with Java Veneer Top In Java Veneer
Beyond Stores
Peacock Outdoor Rug 5'3" x 7'7" - OLIVE/NATURAL
$179.00 | Horchow
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™