Arizona is known for various plant and tree species that tolerate and thrive in low-water conditions. These species are necessary for homeowners wishing to conserve water and maintain a beautiful yard. Let’s take a quick look at Arizona’s most common, drought-resistant trees.
Acacia can be found in various desert landscapes, such as Australia and Africa. One of the most common species of acacia found in Tucson is called the Sweet Acacia. These large, deciduous trees can grow up to 30 ft. tall and produce large amounts of fuzzy, yellow balls in the spring.
Mesquites are native to Arizona, the southwestern United States, and Mexico. There are several different varieties, but most produce a large, rounded canopy that can provide shade. Mesquite trees have a slight range in color from light green to blue. Many varieties also have thorns and produce bean pods. These pods are often considered litter, but they are edible to humans and animals.
Palo Verde trees are also native to Arizona, and they bloom similar to acacia trees with bright, yellow flowers. Palo Verdes can grow up to 30 ft. tall and make excellent shade trees. Depending on the specie, Palo Verdes may have a green to blueish trunk.
There are several different palm tree species in Arizona, though the California Fan is the only Arizona native. Palm trees can grow up to 60 ft. tall and produce large stalks called fronds. These trees should be trimmed by an experienced landscaper every year to keep the tree healthy and the yard free of fronds.
Ironwood trees are slow growing, but they can reach between 15 and 30 ft. tall. They produce lavender blossoms in late spring and are great for water-conscious property owners.
The expert landscapers of Complete Landscaping can identify, plant, trim, and care for various trees and plants. We have over 30 years in the landscaping business and over 100 combined years of experience. Please call us at (520) 323-8918 to speak with a qualified arborist right away.