Water Wise Evergreens for Summer in California

Water Wise Evergreens for Summer in California

By Felipe Benavides on July, 20 2018

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Felipe Benavides

Felipe has been working in the Nursery and Garden center for many years and bring extensive knowledge to trees, plants, and landscape design.

Mexican-Fan-Palm-Multi-TrunkWe are still experiencing drought conditions throughout Southern California. Our climate is hot and dry right now. However, there is some good news! Drought-tolerant evergreen trees can keep their good looks all summer long, no matter what type of conditions we are experiencing.

Drought-tolerant landscaping is an excellent way to preserve resources and save costs. Yes, we need to conserve water, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a beautiful yard. Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy!

The best evergreens for summer can add a splash of color to all kinds of landscapes. Do you want shade? These trees provide plenty! Shade trees can provide relief from the blistering sunlight, and help us cool down after a day out in the sun.

In Southern California, evergreen trees with low-water usage requirements are always going to be a welcome addition to landscapes. When we grow drought-tolerant trees, we can make our landscape more resistant to our dry conditions. Evergreens can stand up to heat waves and handle any water restrictions, too. Plant the evergreen trees listed below, and you can increase property value while keeping your water use to a minimum.


Evergreen Trees for Summertime in Southern California


Moon Valley Nurseries is the grower of the best-quality evergreen trees that can withstand drought. We custom-grow the best trees and plants in our local climate so that they will thrive in your landscape this summer and beyond. And, we are America’s largest specimen tree grower with a goal to save you money, while adding value to your property. At our nurseries and grow farms, we have the biggest trees in the smallest boxes. It cannot be any easier to have an instant landscape. Here are five of our best evergreens for summer in Southern California.

Carrotwood-in-Landscape-2-650x650-MVNCarrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides): This evergreen tree is the perfect fit for almost any size landscape. They feature leathery, evergreen leaves that bring interest all-year-long. It can provide light shade, but its slow growth and limited size help to make it a favorite for smaller sized yards. Its unique branch pattern resembles a carrot-top, which helps explain its common name. This is an excellent tree for Southern California because it tolerates seacoast conditions, heat, and drought. These evergreens are often planted in a front yard, adding plenty of curb appeal along the way. Mature trees are a favorite throughout SoCal neighborhoods for the shade and privacy it brings to properties.


tipu tree bloomsTipu (Tipuana tipu): These tropical-looking semi-evergreens are drought tolerant, and are the perfect trees for anyone looking to add a massive amount of shade to their landscape. When it’s hot and sunny outside, you’ll appreciate finding some relief under its high canopy of feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. It puts on a spectacular show in late spring when the golden blooms appear, covering the tree with bright colors. It’s a flowering tree that thrives in the heat, too. Enjoy your summer under a beautiful shade tree.



podocarpus_1Podocarpus (Podocarpus gracilior): It’s summertime, and you are going to want to enjoy your yard in privacy. Podocarpus is the perfect evergreen tree for the summer. This low-maintenance tree is an ideal privacy screen or windbreak. Plant it near property lines as a year-round screen, and it can also block unwanted views. Its roots will rarely crack sidewalks so that it can be planted near walkways, patios, or other structures. And, the evergreen leaves provide lots of shade. An excellent tree for urban gardens, too!




mexican_fan_650x650-minMexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta): This is the iconic palm tree of Southern California, often seen lining streets and boulevards throughout SoCal. Line them up along long driveways or plant them in groupings so that they can create an oasis in your landscape. It’s a water-wise tree that is rugged and very drought resistant. Once established, it has minimal watering needs. A good tree for the inland valleys of Southern California. Large, fan-shaped, deep green fronds lend a tropical appearance to any landscape. This evergreen grows tall and slender. We can soften the look of oppressive walls by planting them against very tall buildings.



med_fan-1Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis): The hardiest of all palms is also one of the most beautiful palms you can find for poolside planting. This heat-loving palm does well in the reflected heat and glare around swimming pools and spas. It has a slow growth rate, and it will rarely outgrow its space. Since it’s a water-wise evergreen, it will have minimal watering needs once established. Property owners looking to create a tropical hedge are sure to appreciate the privacy screen features of this durable specimen tree.



We Do the Planting in the Summertime!


Moon Valley Nurseries does not just grow the best-quality evergreen trees on earth, we also do the work, no matter what season we’re in. Our professional planting crew can do all the digging and planting so that you can come home to a beautiful new landscape. And, if you need help with your landscape design, we can help. We want to save you money with our bigger trees in small boxes. Our on-site landscape design specialists can show you where to plant the evergreens that can cool down the hotter rooms in your home. Allow our nursery pros to help you select the evergreens that can handle drought conditions! Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to create your dream landscape. You can always call us to place your order or visit your nearest Southern California Moon Valley Nurseries location.

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