New Mexico Trees For Sale

In the Land of Enchantment, it is the Pinyon Pine New Mexican residents chose to elevate as a representation of their state. Known for its edible nuts, the pinyon nut was once a stable of Native American diets, and is still eaten widely today. Limited to elevations rarely below 5,200 feet or above 7,900 feet, the Pinyon Pine is smaller, frequently topping at 60 feet tall. The needles are bundled in pairs, small, and green. The seeds, or pinyon nuts, are commonly eaten as protein in salads or in mixed nut dishes, and are dispersed by the Pinyon Jay. The Pinyon Pine is not limited to New Mexico, growing throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Texas mountain ranges. New Mexican tree planters are not limited to the nut-bearing Pinyon Pine, though, and may choose from several tree varieties to add shade and property value to the yard.

Due to its large size, dry climate, and varied elevations, the smart New Mexican grower will need to consider the following:

Best Trees for New Mexico

Read about the specifics for your state in the following sections. If you’re looking for some quick ideas on what to plant, consider the following trees as expert-tested and The Tree Center approved:

  1. Royal Empress Trees

Ideal for providing fast-growing shade, year-round beauty, and drought resistance.

  1. October Glory Maple

Ideal for continuous color, adaptable growing conditions, and landscaping designs.

  1. Cold Hardy Avocado

Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and adaptable qualities.

  1. Muskogee Crape

Ideal for mildew resistance, fragrant lavender blooms, and fast-growing height.

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in New Mexico

New developments throughout the United States mean more infrastructure, more people, and more invasion of privacy. The residents of New Mexico have the option to plant and tend trees that produce privacy, turning away prying eyes and loud noises and instead enjoying the quiet and peace of private property.

The Leyland Cypress is the perfect privacy tree for New Mexican inhabitants. The Leyland Cypress grows quickly, adds distinct charm, and produces thick barriers between a private abode and unwanted chatter. Growing between 3 and 5 feet a year, the Leyland Cypress will give the New Mexican yard the fast-growing privacy for which they have been searching. Alternatively, the Thuja Green Giant and American Holly will bring privacy, color, and solitude to the savvy planter’s yard.


New Mexico shares its borders with Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, as well as the famous ‘Four Corners’ between New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. New Mexico is typically described as semi-arid to arid, though its variations in elevation do disrupt climactic descriptions at times. Mountains, high plains, desert, and the Great Plains cover most of the state. Summers in New Mexico are hot, often exceeding 100°F at lower elevations, with the record set in 1994 at 122°F. In higher elevations, average daily summer temperatures linger in the 70s. Winters can be quite cold in high elevation regions, where most cities are located, with the record low, -50°F tied with Maine’s record low temperature.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Penistaja soils cover most of New Mexico, and these are productive, loam-based, and high in mineral content. Penistaja soils are widely used for cattle grazing and livestock production. Regardless of the property’s location in the Land of Enchantment, a soon-to-be tree planter can perform a simple test to determine his/her soil type.

In order to determine the type of soil in your yard, try this test to give you a basis for finding the best matched trees. For this test, you will need a healthy handful of soil from the layer beneath the topmost piece of soil. The soil should be a little damp, but not recently watered or wet. Simply squeeze the soil sample and one of the following events will occur.

1. You have CLAY if, after opening your hands, the soil maintains its shape, forming a ball. If you touch the sample, it does not fall apart.
2. You have LOAM if, after opening your hands, the soil maintains its shape, forming a ball. If you touch the sample, it falls apart.
3. You have SAND if, after opening your hands, the soil immediately collapses.

Once you know what soil type you have, you can find trees best suited to the dirt’s properties. Loam is the best soil to have, as its unique qualities make it ideal for holding and transferring water to trees.

Average Precipitation

New Mexico experiences a semi-arid to arid climate, and as such, precipitation is minimal. Santa Fe averages only 14 inches of rainfall a year, and the annual average precipitation totals are less throughout the state. On average, New Mexico receives only 13.9 inches of rainfall annually, typically receiving less than an inch of precipitation a month. Snow is not uncommon in higher elevations, especially mountain ranges, and New Mexico averages 22 inches of snowfall annually.


Irrigation is necessary in New Mexico. The past few years have seen a decline in water availability, as droughts and wildfires continue to affect the region. New Mexico State University works in partnership with the state to assist in water management, advocating for drip irrigation systems. These systems work to provide small, but consistent low-pressure water to gardens and new plantings. Newly planted trees must have direct access to water, as the stress of transplantation can be detrimental to successful growth. Ensure an irrigation system is present in order to have a successful new tree on the property.

Growing Zones

New Mexico is home to nine unique growing zones, centered primarily on elevations. A growing zone simply refers to the USDA’s determination of areas where certain plants are most likely to thrive, preferring to focus on minimal temperature ranges in which a plant can survive. Generally, plants in northern portions of the state or at higher elevations will have to withstand temperatures in the range of -10°F to -20°F. In the regions both including and west of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, temperatures can drop to as low as -25°F for extended periods. In the regions surrounding Albuquerque and southwards, temperatures are more likely to remain at 0°F for extended lengths of time. In the far south, along the border with southern Arizona and Mexico, as well as in the region surrounding Las Cruces and Deming, temperatures do not drop below 10°F. The highest low temperature ranges fall in a sliver along the border with Arizona northwest of Silver City. Here, temperatures rarely drop below 15°F for any extended period.

Weather Damage

Despite its location along several fault lines and proximity to California and Arizona, New Mexico experiences rather limited severe earthquakes. Those that do affect the region typically only offer periphery damage. Wildfires and droughts are the most common severe weather to affect the area, often damaging homes and forests. Droughts can be severe, often severely limiting access to water. Flash-floods are an occasional visitor, usually affecting cities where leveled terrain causes the most damage. Trees can be an essential protection, both from flooding and wildfire. Trees can both stabilize high-risk erosion territory and decrease air temperature.

If you prefer to purchase your trees or shrubs in person instead of online, we offer this comprehensive guide to purchasing a tree at your local New Mexico nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in New Mexico we can’t guarantee this list to be 100% accurate – but we did attempt to be as accurate as we possibly could. We have no affiliation with any of the businesses listed below and make no guarantees as to the businesses’ ability or the quality of trees you will receive. As with any purchase you make, be sure to check out the business with the Better Business Bureau, references, and any other sources you may have.


New Mexico Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
AlamogordoLeary’s Garden Center900 Adams Avenue505-437-9121
AlbuquerqueAhl Garden Supply1051 San Mateo Blvd SE505-255-3677
AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Garden Center10120 Lomas Blvd NE505-296-6020
AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Water Gardens2704 Duranes Road NW505-246-8278
AlbuquerqueBernardo Beach Native Plants3729 Arno Street NE505-345-6248
AlbuquerqueCactus Man140 Osuna Road NW505-344-3747
AlbuquerqueDanove Corp5501 Acoma Road SE505-232-4257
AlbuquerqueDugan’s Nursery and Pottery Yard395 Alameda Blvd NW505-897-2600
AlbuquerqueGarden Accent5419 Academy Road NE505-823-1857
AlbuquerqueMurphy’s Earthworks3116 9th Street NW505-761-9629
AlbuquerqueOsuna Nursery and Landscaping501 Osuna Road NE505-345-6644
AlbuquerqueP and K Pruners2305 Cutler Avenue NE505-255-9344
AlbuquerquePlants of the Southwest6680 4th Street NW505-344-8830
AlbuquerqueRehm’s Nursery5801 Lomas Blvd NE505-266-5978
AlbuquerqueRio Valley Greenhouses2000 Harzman Road SW505-242-4423
AlbuquerqueRowland Nurseries4349 Irving Blvd NW505-898-4833
AlbuquerqueRowland Nurseries5207 San Mateo Blvd NE505-881-1036
AlbuquerqueRowland Nurseries615 Rio Grande Blvd NW505-242-8705
AlbuquerqueRowland Nurseries Inc12401 Montgomery Blvd NE505-292-6676
AlbuquerqueRowland Nursery Inc1213 San Pedro Drive NE505-254-1133
AlbuquerqueRowland’s Nursery7402 Menaul Blvd NE505-883-5727
AlbuquerqueSouthern Services516 San Pablo Street SE505-832-5364
ArtesiaSun Country Garden Center2707 S 1st Street505-746-4528
BelenKare-N-Growing Greenhouse1044 Don Felipe Road505-861-6980
BernalilloG L Trees and Landscape Products1050 W Highway 550505-263-9929
BernalilloSanta Ana Garden Center960 W Highway 550505-867-1322
BloomfieldEvergreen Nursery101 N 1st505-632-7553
CarlsbadSouth Country Greenhouse311 W London Road505-236-6015
Cedar CrestMountain Gardens12216 State Highway 14 N505-286-1778
ClovisGreen Thumb Nursery420 E Grand Avenue505-763-9501
ClovisGuthals Nursery/Lawn Sprinklers1001 E 1st Street505-763-4243
DemingDesert Nursery1301 S Copper Street505-546-6264
FarmingtonEvergreen Nursery7401 E Main Street505-325-8883
FarmingtonKu-Tips Nursery and Landscaping1817 Schofield Lane505-325-6602
FarmingtonSan Juan Nurseries Inc800 E 20th Street505-326-0358
GallupHoliday Nursery1214 E Aztec Avenue505-863-5791
HobbsHobbs Greenery and Garden502 W Navajo Drive505-392-3929
LA LuzBar-M Blue Spruce Tree Farm606 LA Luz Canyon Road505-434-6875
Las CrucesDave’s Greenhouse4995 S Main505-523-9600
Las CrucesEnchanted Gardens413 W Griggs Avenue505-524-1886
Las CrucesGreen Thumb2211 N Mesquite Street505-524-0592
Las CrucesGreenhouse Inc655 E University Avenue505-523-1520
Los AlamosPajarito Greenhouse238 Rio Bravo Drive505-672-3023
Los LunasTome Nursery3084 Highway 47505-866-5027
Los LunasTrees That Please3084 Highway 47505-866-5027
Los LunasValley Garden Center4883 Highway 314 SW505-865-0435
LovingtonBlooming Gardens121 W Avenuenue D505-396-5994
LovingtonBoyd Brothers Tree NurseryRR 1 Box 95505-396-3441
Rio RanchoRio Rancho Garden Center975 Western Hills Drive SE505-891-2600
RoswellBlooming Place1902 E Pine Lodge Road505-625-9157
RoswellC and J Nrsy and Landscpg Supplies410 S Sunset Avenue505-624-2759
RoswellCornerstone Nursery5415 S Hummingbird Lane505-627-8470
RoswellGreenery1501 N Atkinson Avenue505-623-1744
Santa FeBig Tree Movers29 Old Arroyo Chamiso #A505-984-2888
Santa FeNewman’s Nursery7501 Cerrillos Road505-471-8642
Santa FePaynes Nurseries Inc304 Camino Alire505-988-8011
Santa FePlants of the SouthwestRR 6 Box 11A505-438-8888
Santa FeTropic of Capricorn86 Old Las Vegas Hwy505-983-2700
Silver CitySilver Heights Nursery1309 N Pope Street505-388-8035
SocorroKraft Greenhouses1409 Fairgrounds Road505-835-2948
Truth or CnsqncsBuffalo Bill’s Exotic Cactus1600 S Broadway Street505-894-0790
TularosaM-T Tree Farm8053 US Highway 54505-585-2684