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2011 was a double-whammy year for plants. Feb. 2011 saw the worst freeze in 35 years. All of 2011 was the worst drought in nearly 100 years. So what plants made it through both issues?
My situation: east Austin, near I-35. Stopped regular watering in April 2011.
(Most of them established shade trees)
Acacia smallii- Huisache Tree.
Olea europea- Olive Trees (fruitless varieties and dwarf)
Cupressus arizonica- Arizona Cypress
Cotinus obovatus- Texas Smoke Tree
Ungnadia speciosa- Mexican Buckeye
Leucophylum frutescens- Texas Sage
Arbutus unedo compacta- Compact Strawberry Tree
Salvia clevelandii- Chaparral Sage
Phlomis fruticosa- Jerusalem Sage
Agaves, Yuccas, and relatives- Be sure to check hardiness zones.
Agave x Mr. Ripple'
Agave bracteosa--Squid Agave.
Sphaeralcea ambigua- Globe Mallow
Melampodium leucanthum- Blackfoot Daisy
Tetraneuris scaposa- Four Nerve Daisy
Carex texensis- Texas Sedge