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Old 06-24-2008, 01:20 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I am doing some renovation in my backyard garden.. what are some great plants to plant in my EL PASO garden?

What zone are we in, 6,7 or 8? I forget.

What kinda of fruit plants do really well in EL PASO?

See this is about El Paso and plants.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:56 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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I lived in the Chicagoland area and planted there the Russian Olive tree.
It grows very fast and can withstand cold spells. El Paso is a bit warm for it, but if its watered ofent it will do great. It can be trimmed to become a tree or let it alone and it will shape into a bush. It loses its leaves in the winter and has a great aroma in the spring. A nice and unique in the El Paso area alternative to the slow growing and expensive regular olive tree.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I will look into that, thanks wildwest.

I just looked up that tree and its very pretty.. silvery leaves and branches. Short life span though. I will give it some consideration. Thanks so much for the idea.
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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I will look into that, thanks wildwest.

I just looked up that tree and its very pretty.. silvery leaves and branches. Short life span though. I will give it some consideration. Thanks so much for the idea.
Hmm, wasn't aware of the short life span but this site states otherwise.
Notice also that it is tolerant to drought:

Russian Olive | Plant Information

but yet another one states:

"Life Span: Russian-olives are not a long-lived species. In the United States average life expectancy is about 50 years"
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Default plants for EP

Hi Muhnay,

I'm new to the board, but have lived in El Paso for 15 years and am very much a plant freak.

El Paso is z8b in most parts of the city while the low cold air drainage in the upper valley is z8a.

I wouldn't bother growing a Russian olive when real Mediterranean olives (Olea europaea) grow in abundance all over the city. Here is an old timer (maybe 50 or 60 years old).

This one is off Montana and Piedras.


For a plant with nice color the Red Bird of Paradise ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is a good choice. It needs full sun, and will die to the ground at the first freeze, but will come back from the roots in spring. It grow very fast, and is very low water/low maintenance.



A very nice small shrub that is low water and low maintenance is the Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens). In mid to late summer, when the humidity starts to increase it explodes with an abundance of lavender/purple blooms

Texas Sage


This is just a few to start with. Of course there is also a wide variety of palms, yuccas and agaves I can show you if you're interested.

Mike
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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The Oleander does tremendous here. Nice flowers on it. I like the purple plum for a tree.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:25 PM
 
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http://www.bashamlandscape.com/images/purple_leaf_plum_big.jpg (broken link)
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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Yes, I would also highly recommend the Oleanders/Daphnes and the Texas Sage
The regular olive just takes too long to grow IMO
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Hi Muhnay,

I'm new to the board, but have lived in El Paso for 15 years and am very much a plant freak.

El Paso is z8b in most parts of the city while the low cold air drainage in the upper valley is z8a.

I wouldn't bother growing a Russian olive when real Mediterranean olives (Olea europaea) grow in abundance all over the city. Here is an old timer (maybe 50 or 60 years old).

This one is off Montana and Piedras.


For a plant with nice color the Red Bird of Paradise ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is a good choice. It needs full sun, and will die to the ground at the first freeze, but will come back from the roots in spring. It grow very fast, and is very low water/low maintenance.



A very nice small shrub that is low water and low maintenance is the Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens). In mid to late summer, when the humidity starts to increase it explodes with an abundance of lavender/purple blooms

Texas Sage


This is just a few to start with. Of course there is also a wide variety of palms, yuccas and agaves I can show you if you're interested.

Mike
Thanks for the insight.. I will look into those as well.. they all seem a bit large for my backyard.. but the Olive Tree I may have to try.. love the look of it.

As for Palms I want to plant 3 in my median ( between the sidewalk & road. Some of the plants you have shown here would be great additions to my houses front yard.. its next on my list. =)

Thanks for the advice and insight.. all of you.
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