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I live in Toquerville, 20 miles north of St. George, but still just as hot. I'd like to plant a medium to large tree in my front yard to shade the garage a little. There is no grass, no regular water. I will be watering it by hand/hose until it's established & then would like something that could tolerate hot, dry summers. Maybe the Texas Honey Mesquite or African Sumac. Do you have any suggestions for me?

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WE grow both of these trees in the county. Be aware that many African Sumac trees were killed in during the cold winter that we had last year 2006-2007. They are a nice tree, but since they are tender I would not recommend them for Toquerville. The Honey Mesquite should do well. Once established you could in fact water it deeply by hand a couple of times a month and it should be fine.
 
A better choice for shade would be ash, but they will need water every 7 days once established. We recommend “Fan Tex” and “Raywood” varieties.
 

Posted on 14 Nov 2007

Rick Heflebower
Horticulture Agent, Washington County

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