There are many types of plant and tree species that thrive in the Southwest, such as mesquite, desert broom, and countless others. However, there are only a few different fruit trees that can survive the heat and occasional freezing temperatures Tucson experiences every year. The trees that can survive, like pomegranates and figs, are delicious and sweet additions to any diet. Here is a look at four of the fruit trees that can survive and thrive in the Southwest:
One of the many varieties of pomegranate trees that thrives in the Southwest is named “Wonderful.” This pomegranate tree can live in many different soil types, making it ideal to live in the ever changing landscape of the Southwest. This pomegranate tree produces large fruit that contains healthy antioxidants.
“Black Mission” is a common fig tree found in the Southwest. The tree is large—reaching to 15 and 20 feet high—and produces a multicolored fig fruit. This fruit will actually be ready to harvest twice throughout the year. The fig tree blooms and bears fruit in early summer and early fall.
Various citruses, such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruit, can thrive in the desert. Though many citrus trees do not do well in extreme heat, they can succeed in Tucson due to the mild winters. In the event there is a freeze warning, however, citrus trees should be protected until they are large and old enough to withstand a freezing winter.
Plum trees can reach a height of 10 to 15 feet, providing shade and fruit for every house nearby. The “Beauty” and “Santa Rosa” are the two most common varieties found in the Southwest. They are self-pollinating and produce delicious fruit.
Interested to learn more about the different fruit trees, plants, and landscapes that thrive in Tucson and the Southwest? Call Complete Landscaping at (520) 323-8918 to speak with one of our experienced staff members right away.