Tree irrigation requirements in the semiarid Southwestern United States

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Several large cities in the southwestern United States have set a target to increase their tree canopy cover up to 25%, which often requires more than doubling the current canopy cover. A major goal is to alleviate high temperatures and support public health in addition to gaining all the other benefits conferred by urban forests. Rising temperatures, the arid climate, continued drought, increasing population numbers, and the growing urban forest in the southwestern United States fuel the demand for more water. Using water wisely to garner the benefits of trees requires the application of sufficient irrigation based on the water needs of different species. Current irrigation recommendations for trees are often based on expert consensus. Research-based results of tree irrigation studies from the southwestern United States are presented to give specific examples of how trees respond when they are exposed to different irrigation regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-430
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Drought
  • Heat stress
  • Landscape management
  • Plant water use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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