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Regional Picks: The Experts’ Top Ten Plants – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 143

Southern Plains


No. 1

Chinese mastic (Pistacia chinensis)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 50 to 80 feet tall and 22 to 30 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

This is a good shade tree with great fall color—even in the warm climate of the Southern Plains—and it’s not picky about soil or water. For attractive red berries in fall, you will need to plant both male and female trees.


2. ‘Magnus’ purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’)

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil


3. Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

Zones: 6 to 11

Size: 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil








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