Though only one palm tree is native to Arizona—the California fan palm, which grows along the western border of the state near Yuma—many varieties of palms have found themselves right at home in Tucson and throughout Southern Arizona. Palm trees are one of few trees that can grow and thrive in the harsh, dry heat of Arizona’s desert valleys, so they might be a welcome addition to your residential or commercial landscape in Tucson. This article will give you some insight on just why palm trees have become so iconic in this part of the world.
Palm trees tolerate heat well.
Many species of palms are from desert climates or warm Mediterranean climates, which means that these trees are used to the heat. Some species, such as the queen palm, may be more sensitive to heat, but they can still grow with the right placement and professional landscape maintenance.
Palm trees are sensitive to hard freezes.
Like most plants that thrive in the heat, palm trees are not going to do well in a hard freeze. In Southern Arizona where temperatures below freezing are rare even in winter, you can feel confident that your trees will look great all year long.
Palm trees offer much-needed shade.
In addition to their tolerance of the local climate, palm trees provide more shade than many local desert plants, which can offer some welcome relief from the heat and sunshine. Mexican fan palms may maximize shade on your property, though you will definitely need professional trimming services to reach the high-up leaves and branches on these sky-high trees.
If you are considering planting new trees on your property or you need landscape maintenance for your palms, call Complete Landscaping at (520) 323-8918. We have certified arborists on staff to ensure that your trees get the care they need to be a valuable addition to your yard.