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Desertwillow Chilopsis linearis (Cav.) Sweet is native of Western Texas to southern California and southward to Mexico with ornamental value in New Mexico (1, 2). ‘Hope’ desertwillow was released for use as a native ornamental in 1980 by New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA, Soil Conservation Service, Plant Materials Center at Los Lunas, NM.
Rocky Mountain penstemon, Penstemon strictus Benth, has a natural range of adaptation that extends from southern Wyoming to central New Mexico, and includes northeastern Arizona and Utah. It is common in western Colorado in association with sagebrush or timber on gravelly or sandy loam soils at an elevation of 1,828 to 3,350 m.
‘Autumn Amber’ fragrant sumac, Rhus trilobata Nutt., should be adapted to areas where other plants of fragrant sumac are found. The species grows at elevations up to 2100 m, from Oregon to the Great Plains States and southward into Mexico. In the southwestern states, it is found on limestone outcrops in central and western Texas, and is common in New Mexico, Arizona, and California. In Mexico, it is native to the states of Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Cochuila, Tamaulipas, Durango, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, and Colima. Without irrigation, best growth is obtained when planted in areas receiving 30-36 cm of precipitation. With irrigation, ‘Autumn Amber’ is adapted throughout the western states.
Russian-olive is an introduced deciduous tree that can be used in shelterbelt, windbreak, and ornamental landscapes. Its silvery leaves, brown stems, and decorative red fruit make a colorful specimen plant or trimmed formal hedge. The trees provide excellent cover for wildlife with fruit consumed by many species of birds and animals and flowers that are used by bees in honey production.