According to a recent report published in March 2018 in the Journal of Applied Ecology, lack of water inhibits growth in urban trees and makes them more susceptible to diseases and pests.
We have already covered how to properly water, but if you are in the market to plant new trees, consider these drought-resistant options (North Carolina, zone 7-8):
Also known as black tupelo, these slow-growing trees are prized for their production of tupelo honey. Their long taproots make them difficult to transplant, so be sure to give them space in which to grow.
The broad, lily pad shaped leaves of the American Linden are havens for all types of wildlife including butterflies, bees, and squirrels. Their fragrant flowers can be used to make tea, and the sap can be used to make syrup. Lindens thrive in clay-rich soil and are drought resistant once established.
Magnolias waxy, dark green leaves and fragrant blooms are showstoppers. These magnificent trees are tolerant to drought once established but prefer the shade. Their low growing branches make them great climbing trees.
Tulip tree or Yellow Poplar
These large, fast-growing trees have unique leaves and distinct orange-banded flowers. They typically grow from 60’-90’ feet tall so need a significant amount of space.
One of the first trees to bloom in the spring, Redbuds tend to be smaller, ornamental trees. This tree is part of the pea family which means the flowers are edible and taste like peas.
These small, hardy trees are not only drought resistant, but also produce white flowers in early spring and edible fruit. They also attract butterflies.
This medium-sized tree has billowy blooms in June (hence the name) and stunning fall color. Smoketrees also do well in clay-rich soils and are drought resistant.