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?



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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