plants for Arkansas
Hi everybody!I moved to Arkansas, south of Fort Smith a few years ago from the mountains of Northern California, and I also lived in Death Valley for a few years and I brought a lot of plants back with me and I thought I'd let everybody know what's done well and what hasn't in case anybody wants to try something new sometime.
Plants that have done well...
Incense Cedar (calocedrus decurrens)
Digger Pine (pinus sabiniana)
Pinyon pine( pinus edulis and monophylla)
California Buckeye (aesculus californica)
Sierra Juniper (juniperus occidentalis)
Sagebrush (artemisia tridentata)
desert willow (chilopsis linearis)
California redbud (cercis occidentalis)
western willows (salix sp.)
California poppy (Escholzia?don't remember sp.)
cacti - echinocereus Reichenbachii and triglochiadatus
Indian Rice Grass (Orzyopsis (achnaetherum) hymenoides
All these like good drainage, with lots of rock and sand. The Sierra juniper, digger pine, incense cedar, Ca. Buckeye and Ca. redbud actually thrive in full sun in native soil. the others like a rockier, sandier soil.
Others that didn't do so well...
California bay (Umbellularia californica)
white fir (abies concolor)
Pacific dogwood (cercis nuttalli)
manzanitas (arctostaphylos sp.)
various western penstemons
Oregon grape (mahonia aquifolium)
bristlecone pine (pinus longaeva, I haven't tried aristata)
The higher areas in the Ozarks would probably have more luck with the dogwood and white fir, which like cooler temps at night.