Curtis Smith, Extension Horticulturist, and Jeff Hart of the Albuquerque Parks Department discuss the types of trees that grow in Albuquerque. The Littleleaf Linden is a pretty tree that produces a white, nice smelling flower in the springtime. It is pretty much pest-free but the bees love it. The Gingko is a great tree for the yard, though it grows slower than a lot of other trees. The female Gingko has a bad smell so you need to be sure that you get a male tree. The roots of this tree are used for medicinal purposes. The Desert Willow is an excellent tree that produces flowers most of the summer. It is pollen-free, fertilized by bees and insects. It grows to quite a good size. The Chitalpa is a cross between the Desert Willow and the Western Chitalpa. It grows to be quite a large tree. It needs to be watched in the wintertime because it is susceptible to freeze damage. The Mountain Ash is rare in Albuquerque. It has a very pretty orange fruit. It only grows to about 15 or 20 feet tall. It does better in a shady location. The Mimosa or Silk Tree is very pretty with its pink plumes, but it does have some disease problems. The Park provides a map and complete information on all the trees in the Park.
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