Desert trees with deep roots?
I am really hoping to be able to plant a tree in my back yard (new house with no landscaping done in the yard yet!) and have been doing some reading on the topic. It sounds to me like almost all trees have relatively shallow roots, 12-18'' below the surface, with the exception of some trees that would be just entirely too large to plant my little yard!
However, I just wanted to ask the question here in kind of a last-ditch effort to see if anyone has any other suggestions! My roadblocks seem to be:
* The yard is small, as are the neighbors' yards, and I don't want a tree that will have roots that could potentially cause problems for my house's foundation, or for my neighbors houses.
*Similarly, no matter where I plant it, it would be close to my cinder block wall, which I don't want to ruin with tree roots, either.
*I live in the high desert of central NM, in a fairly windy area (especially in the springtime). So I need a tree that could withstand the strong winds (sometimes gusts are even up to hurricane force), but is also drought and cold-hardy. The coldest it has gotten here in recent years, I think, is roughly -5 F.
*Because of the small yard size and proximity to my and other houses, I am also hoping for a relatively small tree, possibly under 30' if possible.
I realize that I just may not be able to plant a tree, but I just thought I'd give it a last try!