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9 Palm Trees You Can Grow in New Mexico
New Mexico is the perfect place to grow cold-hardy, drought-tolerant palm trees that thrive in hot summers. However, many palm trees are not well-suited to NM’s semi-arid climate. Even with irrigation, many will suffer from leaf scorch due to the low humidity because most are native to tropical and subtropical environments with much higher humidity. After seeing firsthand which palms do well and which don’t, here's 9 palms you can grow in NM.
an image of what's a pepo plant growing in the forest? with text overlay
What's a Pepo?
An indehiscent (does not open to release its seeds) fleshy many-seeded berry with a hard outer rind. A cucumber is a pepo as are pumpkins, squash, melons, and many other members of the Cucurbitaceae. Although people often consider cucumbers and squashes to be vegetables, they are fruits produced by an ovary. This is a hedgehog gourds native to Africa and Asia but widely introduced around the world. It was growing in Sinaloa, Mexico.
four different types of flowers are shown in this image, with the names and description below them
Botany word of the day: Aestivation
The arrangement of petals and sepals while still in bud. Sometimes it helps in plant identification. - Imbricate - petals and sepals overlap each other - Contorted - every petal or sepal is outside its neighbor on one side, and inside on the other side aka twisted - eg Rosa - Contortuplicate - contorted and plicate - eg Ipomoeae - Open - petals and sepals don't touch - Valvate - the margins of adjacent petals touch but no overlap - Vexillary - seen in peas where the standard petal encloses s
the parts of a flower that are labeled in this article, including names and pictures
Stamen, Stigma, and Style
Stamens are the male organ of flowers made of filaments & anthers that produce pollen. An easy way to remember is how it's pronounced “stay-men.” Stigmas are the receptive surface of the female organs (the pistils) where the pollen lands. From there the pollen is directed down the style into the ovary below (hidden in the photo by the stamen). Most flowers have multiple stamen arranged in a whorl in the center of the flower where the ovary, stigma(s), and style(s) are usually located.
many different types of flowers and trees in the same photo, all with white and pink blooms
10 Flowering Trees in New Mexico to Brighten Your Landscape
You may not think of flowering trees when you think of New Mexico, when in fact, several lovely native flowering trees already grow naturally in the hot, dry climate, and several more will thrive there. When we plant flowering trees, we are rewarded with beautiful colors and often fragrant blossoms in spring or summer. Some trees will continue to bloom throughout the summer after rains or, if irrigated, extending your flowering season.
A drupe is a fruit with a thin skin and often a fleshy part surrounding a hard pit or shell that contains a seed. A peach is a drupe with a hard pit. Small drupes, like most palm fruits, often look like berries but they contain a central stony pit. Berries on the other hand, just have their seeds embedded in the flesh. A papaya is a berry, albeit a large one. Berries often have multiple seeds per fruit, while drupes usually only contain 1 per fruit. Berry, Fruit, Seeds, Palm, Shell, Peach, Papaya
What is the difference between a drupe and a berry?
A drupe is a fruit with a thin skin and often a fleshy part surrounding a hard pit or shell that contains a seed. A peach is a drupe with a hard pit. Small drupes, like most palm fruits, often look like berries but they contain a central stony pit. Berries on the other hand, just have their seeds embedded in the flesh. A papaya is a berry, albeit a large one. Berries often have multiple seeds per fruit, while drupes usually only contain 1 per fruit.
15 Evergreen Trees that Grow in New Mexico (Pine, Juniper, Cedar, & More)

Evergreen trees are any kind of tree that does not lose its leaves in the winter or dry season. 

Often, when we think of evergreen trees, we think of coniferous trees like pines, but broadleaf trees like oaks and other trees can also be evergreen.

In New Mexico, evergreen trees are found naturally in the mountains and foothills, but many more can easily be grown in the lowlands if irrigated during establishment. Winter, Easily, Tree, The Mountain, Leaves, Juniper
15 Evergreen Trees that Grow in New Mexico (Pine, Juniper, Cedar, & More)
15 Evergreen Trees that Grow in New Mexico (Pine, Juniper, Cedar, & More) Evergreen trees are any kind of tree that does not lose its leaves in the winter or dry season. Often, when we think of evergreen trees, we think of coniferous trees like pines, but broadleaf trees like oaks and other trees can also be evergreen. In New Mexico, evergreen trees are found naturally in the mountains and foothills, but many more can easily be grown in the lowlands if irrigated during establishment.
New Mexico is famous for its deserts, so when looking for a tree for your yard in NM, you usually want drought-tolerant trees suitable for xeriscaping - requiring no watering once established.  Fortunately, there are lots of native trees that are suitable for xeriscaping anywhere in New Mexico! Gardens, Eco Garden, Drought Tolerant Trees, Drought Tolerant, Drought Tolerant Plants, Planting Plan, Trees To Plant
12 Drought-Tolerant Trees for Your New Mexico Xeriscape
New Mexico is famous for its deserts, so when looking for a tree for your yard in NM, you usually want drought-tolerant trees suitable for xeriscaping - requiring no watering once established. Fortunately, there are lots of native trees that are suitable for xeriscaping anywhere in New Mexico!
Bark morphology has always fascinated me. I love the different textures, colors, and exfoliating layers that often develop with age. Here is an example of four different types of bark textures you can find on different trees and shrubs.
Bark Morphology - Learn the Different Types of Bark Seen in Trees
Bark morphology has always fascinated me. I love the different textures, colors, and exfoliating layers that often develop with age. Here is an example of four different types of bark textures you can find on different trees and shrubs.
Lindens are medium to large deciduous trees of the Tilia genus in the Malvaceae (Mallow) Family with at least 23 species and numerous hybrids native throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. 

In Europe and Asia, they are also called lime trees (not citrus), but in North America, they are also called basswood. 

Linden trees are fairly easy to identify, although frequent hybridization can make identification at the species level challenging at times. Tree Care, Deciduous Trees, Linden Tree, Homesteading, Species
How to Identify Linden Trees
Lindens are medium to large deciduous trees of the Tilia genus in the Malvaceae (Mallow) Family with at least 23 species and numerous hybrids native throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. In Europe and Asia, they are also called lime trees (not citrus), but in North America, they are also called basswood. Linden trees are fairly easy to identify, although frequent hybridization can make identification at the species level challenging at times.
Has anyone else noticed the dying cedar trees in the Pacific Northwest USA and BC, Canada? Over the past few years I have been seeing more and more Western Red Cedar trees (Thuja plicata) dying all over southern BC and the PNW. Wild trees are visible dead or dying at low to middle elevations & I see dead or dying cedar hedges as well now that the summer droughts are lasting so long and robbing them of moisture, creating yet another major shift in forest composition. This pic was in southern BC. Summer, Pacific Northwest, Canada, Composition, Drought, Cedar Trees, Red Cedar, Cedar Hedge
The Cedars (Thuja plicata) in the US PNW and BC, Canada are Dying in Groves
Has anyone else noticed the dying cedar trees in the Pacific Northwest USA and BC, Canada? Over the past few years I have been seeing more and more Western Red Cedar trees (Thuja plicata) dying all over southern BC and the PNW. Wild trees are visible dead or dying at low to middle elevations & I see dead or dying cedar hedges as well now that the summer droughts are lasting so long and robbing them of moisture, creating yet another major shift in forest composition. This pic was in southern BC.
17 Different Types of Lilac Trees & Their Identifying Features - Lilacs are shrubs and trees with beautiful, colorful, and usually heavily fragranced flowers that bloom in mid-spring. True lilacs are of the Syringa genus, with 12 species worldwide that mostly thrive in cold to mild temperate climates in Asia and Europe. Check out the link to learn more! Lilac Tree, Shrubs, Bloom, Spring, Lilac, Leaf Shapes
17 Different Types of Lilac Trees & Their Identifying Features
Lilacs are shrubs and trees with beautiful, colorful, and usually heavily fragranced flowers that bloom in mid-spring. True lilacs are of the Syringa genus, with 12 species worldwide that mostly thrive in cold to mild temperate climates in Asia and Europe. Check out the link to learn more!
Baobab trees are beautiful and bizarre deciduous trees with cylindrical or bottle-shaped trunks and relatively short, often horizontal branches only at the top of the trees, giving them the nickname ‘upside-down trees’.  There are 8 species in the Adansonia genus of the Malvaceae (Mallow) family, 3 of which are on the endangered species list. Baobabs cannot be grown outdoors outside of the tropics. However, they make great potted patio plants and low-maintenance bonsai. Beautiful, Different Types, Baobab, Type, Tropical
8 Different Types of Baobab Trees & Their Identifying Features
Baobab trees are beautiful and bizarre deciduous trees with cylindrical or bottle-shaped trunks and relatively short, often horizontal branches only at the top of the trees, giving them the nickname ‘upside-down trees’. There are 8 species in the Adansonia genus of the Malvaceae (Mallow) family, 3 of which are on the endangered species list. Baobabs cannot be grown outdoors outside of the tropics. However, they make great potted patio plants and low-maintenance bonsai.
For insect Thursday I decided to be a rebel and post an arachnid 😁. This is Aphonopelma hentzi aka the Texas Brown Tarantula, a very docile and very common spider that is native to south-central USA and northern Mexico along the New Mexico and Texas borders. I found this guy last weekend on the road in southwestern New Mexico while I was out wildcrafting native plant seeds. It was my first Texas Brown Tarantula I have found and so it was very exciting indeed! Texas, Planting Seeds, Common Spiders, Tarantula, Wildcrafting, North America
Aphonopelma hentzi aka the Texas Brown Tarantula - Native to North America
For insect Thursday I decided to be a rebel and post an arachnid 😁. This is Aphonopelma hentzi aka the Texas Brown Tarantula, a very docile and very common spider that is native to south-central USA and northern Mexico along the New Mexico and Texas borders. I found this guy last weekend on the road in southwestern New Mexico while I was out wildcrafting native plant seeds. It was my first Texas Brown Tarantula I have found and so it was very exciting indeed!
This is one of my current favorite plants. These are native to the arid American southwest and northern Mexico deserts where they thrive in full sun, high heat, low humidity, and poor soils. They produce massive flower spikes and lots of seeds, though the seeds tend to germinate poorly. I am propagating these and their cousin the Smooth Sotol (Dasylirion leiophyllum) from wildcrafted seeds and half have  germinated. I will have some nice plants to put in my xeriscape garden :) Sun, Native Plants, Soil, Xeriscape Garden, Heat
Dasylirion wheeleri aka Sotol or Desert Spoon - Native Plants of North America
This is one of my current favorite plants. These are native to the arid American southwest and northern Mexico deserts where they thrive in full sun, high heat, low humidity, and poor soils. They produce massive flower spikes and lots of seeds, though the seeds tend to germinate poorly. I am propagating these and their cousin the Smooth Sotol (Dasylirion leiophyllum) from wildcrafted seeds and half have germinated. I will have some nice plants to put in my xeriscape garden :)