Zone 9 Drought Tolerant Trees: Selecting Dry Soil Trees For Zone 9

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Who doesn’t want trees in their yard? As long as you have the space, trees are a wonderful addition to the garden or landscape. There is such a range of trees, however, that it can be a little overwhelming trying to pick the right species for your situation. If your climate has particularly hot and dry summers, a lot of possible trees are pretty much out. That doesn’t mean you have no options, though. Keep reading to learn more about growing and choosing zone 9 trees with low water needs.

Growing Zone 9 Drought Tolerant Trees

Here are a few good drought tolerant trees for zone 9 gardens and landscapes: Sycamore – Both California and western sycamores are hardy in zones 7 through 10. They are fast growing and branch out nicely, making them good drought tolerant shade trees. CypressLeyland, Italian, and Murray cypress trees all perform well in zone 9. While each variety has its own characteristics, as a rule these trees are tall and narrow and make very good privacy screens when planted in a row. Ginkgo – A tree with interestingly shaped leaves that turn brilliant gold in the autumn, gingko trees can tolerate climates as warm as zone 9 and require very little maintenance. Crepe MyrtleCrepe myrtles are very popular hot weather ornamental trees. They will produce brilliantly colored flowers all through the summer. Some popular varieties that thrive in zone 9 are Muskogee, Sioux, Pink Velour, and Enduring Summer. Windmill Palm – An easy to grow, low maintenance palm tree that will tolerate temperatures that dip below freezing, windmill palm will reach 20 to 30 feet (6-9 m.) in height when mature. HollyHolly is a very popular tree that is usually evergreen and often produces berries for added winter interest. Some varieties that do especially well in zone 9 include American and Nelly Stevens. Ponytail Palm – Hardy in zones 9 through 11, ponytail palm, a very low maintenance plant, has a thick trunk and attractive, thin fronds.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.