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Potential impact of climate change on tree characteristics
Rain, temperature and other weather factors are being affected by shifts occurring in the climate. Tree characteristics and needs could change over time due to climate shifts. A discussion of potential climate changes, impacts and strategies to adapt to these impacts is provided in the 20-page PDF at this document link: Edible Trees and Climate, A Focus on Arizona.
Scientists cannot predict exactly how climate will change, but the changes listed below could occur in Arizona and the Southwest. These could affect where edible trees should be planted and how much water they will need.
Higher temperatures and lower rainfall could stress trees, such as this high water use pecan.
POTENTIAL CLIMATE CHANGES IN ARIZONA AND U.S. SOUTHWEST
Heat and drought changes
Water demand changes
Water supply changes
Additional effects on edible trees
Projected changes in USDA Cold Hardiness Zones
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