Non-Native (and a few native) Mojave Desert Flora

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It is spring time in the Mojave Desert and  it is time to plant trees and bushes.  In my almost 40 years living in the upper reaches of the Mojave Desert above 3500 feet, I have tried to plant many things.  The biggest obstacle to my success of my non-native vegetation was planting a tree or plant that can not withstand the cold winter temperatures of the Hi-Desert.  Here are a few of my attempts that I will share with you that seem to be a success.  I am using the “common name” on most of these, the names that I know from my experience with these plants.  Most of these pictures were taken in my yard with a few exceptions so I could show larger specimens or show the plant in bloom.  If you desire do a Google search on any of these and you can find their fancy-schmancy botanical names.

Click on each picture to get a closer view, take a look and enjoy:

Aleppo Pine

Aleppo Pine, this is down the road from my house, these are easy to grow.

 

 

Mondell PineMondell Pine

Mondel Pine, two examples from my property, these are easy to grow.

 

 

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Italian Cypress.

 

 

Red Barrel Cactus

Red Barrel Cactus, this is easy to grow.

 

 

CreosoteCreosote

Creosote Bush, on my property on the left and a nearby example on the right, this bush is very difficult to transplant but smells wonderful when wet.

 

 

Nolina YuccaNolina Yucca1

Nolina Yucca.

 

 

LiquidambarLiquidambar

Liquidambar, on my property on the left and a on-line example on the right.

 

 

Modesto AshModesto Ash 1

Modesto Ash, on my property on the left and a on-line example on the right, very easy to grow.

 

 

Arizona Ash

Arizona Ash.

 

 

Incense CedarIncesse Cedar

Incense Cedar, on my property on the left and in the winter on the right, very easy to grow.

 

 

Coast RedwoodCoast Redwood

Coast Redwood, easy to grow.

 

 

Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoia, I have had only two successes with this tree, it is supposed to grow in all zones but seems sensitive until established.

 

 

Cottonwood

Cottonwood, this tree requires lots of water, do not plant unless you can support its water habit.

 

 

Japanese Black Pine

Japanese Black Pine.

 

 

Washington Fan PalmWashington Palm

Washington Fan Palm, easy to grow, requires weekly water but can freeze until it is established.

 

 

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Desert Willow, two on-line examples, mine are not blooming yet, easy tree to grow and transplant.

 

 

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Crape Myrtle, easy to grow but only blooms if water is available on a regular basis.

 

 

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow, do not plant unless you can support its water habit.

 

 

White Ironbark Eucalyptus

White Iron Bark Eucalyptus, easy to grow and does not need much water after it is established.

 

 

Red River Gum Eucalyptus

Red River Gum Eucalyptus, easy to grow and does not need much water after it is established.

 

 

Grape Vine

Grape Vine, easy to grow but requires moderate water.

 

 

Desert Eucalyptus

Desert Gum Eucalyptus, easy to grow and does not need much water after it is established, this tree can freeze.

 

 

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, easy to grow and does not need much water after it is established.

 

 

Tree of Heaven

Tree of Heaven, easy to grow and needs little water after it is established but is a tree that produces many offspring around the yard, re-seeds easily and can become a weed tree and a nuisance.

 

 

MulberryMulberry

Fruitless Mulberry, both are mine and old, there are many bigger and better examples in the Mojave.

 

 

Robe Locust

Black Locust (Robe Locust), Lots of roots and suckers but easy to grow.

 

 

Golden LocustGolden Locust

Golden Locust, both plants are labeled the same but some are more golden than others and in my opinion the less golden they are the higher they grow but the gold color is beautiful.

 

 

MesquiteMesquite

Mesquite, on my property on the left and a nearby example on the right.

 

 

Palo VerdePalo Verde

Palo Verde, on my property on the left and a nearby example on the right.

 

 

Olive

Olive Tree in a nearby parking lot.

 

 

ArbrovitaeArborvitae

Arborvitae, on my property on the left and a on-line example on the right.

 

 

Japanese Honeysuckle and Regular

Honeysuckles, Japanese and Common.

 

 

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Texas Sage, two on-line examples, mine are not blooming yet.

 

 

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Flowering Plum and Spartan Juniper, plum blooms on shown on insert photo.

 

 

California Poppy

California Poppy.

 

 

Ocotillo and Misc. CactusOcotillo

Ocotillo, there are much bigger examples but both of these are mine.

 

 

Cedrus Deodora

Cedrus Deodora (California Cedar).

 

 

Italian Stone Pine

Italian Stone Pine.

 

 

Old Man CactusOld Man Cactus

Old Man Cactus.

 

 

Single Leaf Pinion PineSingle Leaf Pinion Pine

Single Leaf Pinon Pine, on my property on the left and a nearby example on the right.

 

 

Red Yucca

Red Yucca.

 

 

ManzanitaManzanita

Mexican Manzanita, on my property on the left and a nearby example on the right.

 

 

Variety

Finally just a shot of some natural vegetation, Beavertail Cactus in bloom in the foreground, Cholla Cactus in the middle and California Juniper in the back.

 

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Mojave About Mojave

For the purposes of this blog I call myself Mojave because of my love for the Mojave Desert. I have lived in the Yucca Valley area of the Hi-Desert since 1976, I have always loved our Mojave Desert. My appreciation for the Mojave has grown even more over the years. I am a Career & Technical Education teacher and coordinator at the high school level as well as a part-time college instructor. I also currently serve on the Town of Yucca Valley Planning Commission. In my spare time I enjoy researching desert facts, exploring the desert, geocaching and enjoying the many animals that keep my wife and I very busy.


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