London Planetree – Platanus x acerifolia

The large and fuzzy maple-like leaves of the London Planetree turn golden-brown in fall and are a truly unique sight in the arid southwest. This deciduous tree’s mottled white bark is equally distinctive, resembling camouflage as it peels in large patches; lending an uncommon brightness to desert winter landscapes that tend to be primarily brown…

Little Leaf Cordia – Cordia parvifolia

Aside from some notable cacti, white-flowering desert plants are hard to come by, but this desert native proves it can be done elegantly with exceptional tolerance of drought, full sun, and sweltering heat. From a distance, the clusters of white flowers on Little Leaf Cordia resemble airy puffs of cotton or snow. These blooms persist…