Why We Don’t Plant Certain Trees in Las Vegas

Here are some reasons we don’t plant certain trees or plants in Southern Nevada:

Century Plant Desert
Century Plant

I personally love Agave plants but only one seems to do well in the Las Vegas Valley: the Century Plant. The Agave plants attract a beetle that will kill them within a year or two of planting.

The Purple Plum Tree you see all over the valley, but what you don’t know is that they do fine when there is grass around them, but if you remove the grass or put in rocks they will get bores.
The same thing will happen to the Mimosa Tree and and the Japanese Blueberry Tree.

Another “favorite” is the Italian Cypress Tree: they get spider mites and will die one by one. You can try to prevent this by applying herbicides every 6 months, but I like to simply enjoy my backyard landscaping without spraying a bunch of herbicides.

Most Las Vegas and Henderson landscapers don’t really follow the diseases, hence we recommend calling your local Arborist to be sure before planting. Of course, the experienced green thumbs at Cacti Landscaping are always ready to help out too.

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