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

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 [1] – 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.

Cypress [2]Leyland [3], 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 [4] – 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.

Crape Myrtle [5] – Crape 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 [6] – An easy to grow, low maintenance palm tree that will tolerate temperatures that dip below freezing, it will reach 20 to 30 feet in height when mature (6-9 m.).

Holly [7] – Holly 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 [8] and Nelly Stevens [9].

Ponytail Palm [10] – Hardy in zones 9 through 11, this very low maintenance plant has a thick trunk and attractive, thin fronds.

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