what trees to plant in Socorro yard
My apologies to anyone who reads the Arizona forum, as I also posted this question over there before I found this forum (which I think is more appropriate and will post here in the future).
I recently moved to Socorro, NM (zone 6 or 7 depending on who you ask) 4600' elevation, 9" annual rainfall, high winds in spring) and I would like your input.
There is very little in my yard besides an old mulberry tree on the west side of the house and I'm starting to landscape. I want to add two evergreen trees for shade and birds (full sun, north/south orientation with lots of sun from east/west too). There will be xeriscaping around the trees with shrubs and flowers as you approach the house (1 story adobe). The trees will be planted 5-6' from a masonry wall (just dirt sidewalk and street on the other side of the wall, no power lines) and 15' to 20' from the house.
The trees I am considering are Arizona Cypress, Apache Pine, Afghan Pine and Live Oak (Quercus Fusiformis). Here are my concerns:
* Drought resistance
* Heat resistance
* Cold resistance
* Roots surfacing and damaging the sidewalk or house foundation
* Prefer a fast grower
* Longevity of the tree
* Insect and disease tolerance
Please share your experience with these trees. As they will be in the garden and in full view of the house, I want very attractive trees that will enhance the yard, even as they age. Some pines get scraggly looking at maturity, which worries me. On the other hand, the live oak can have surface root issues. I've also heard that the AZ cypress only lives 20-30 years. Which tree to pick or get 2 different trees like the oak and the cypress? Please share :) Thank you.