Zone 8 Trees For Dry Soil – What Zone 8 Trees Can Stand Drought

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Are you looking for drought tolerant trees for zone 8? Although the drought in your state might currently be officially over, you know you could see another drought in the near future. That makes selecting and planting trees that tolerate drought a great idea. If you are wondering what zone 8 trees can stand drought, read on.

Drought Tolerant Trees for Zone 8

If you live in zone 8, you may have experienced hotter, drier weather in recent years. It’s best to deal with these drought conditions proactively, by filling your backyard with drought tolerant trees for zone 8. This is particularly important if you live in an area classified as arid because of its heat and sandy soil. If you are growing trees in arid zone 8, you’ll want to look into trees for dry soil.

Zone 8 Trees for Dry Soil

What zone 8 trees can stand drought? Here is a short list of zone 8 trees for dry soil to get you started. One tree to try is the Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus). It’s a shade tree that thrives in dry soil in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 8. If you have a large garden or backyard, another tree to consider is white oak (Quercus alba). These oaks are tall and majestic, yet also qualify as drought tolerant trees for zone 8. Note that white oaks can tolerate moderate but not severe drought. Other very large trees to try in dry regions of zone 8 include Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum). For those who are growing trees in arid zone 8, consider Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana). It is hardy all the way down to zone 2, but tolerates both heat and drought. Weeping yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula') is a smaller evergreen that tolerates drought as well as heat, wet soil, and salt. Looking for ornamental zone 8 trees for dry soil? Chinese flame tree (Koelreuteria bipinnata) is small and grows in any sunny spot, even the driest areas. It develops showy pink seed pods. Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is just as undemanding and drought tolerant. It will decorate your garden with blue flowers in summer.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.