Apache Plume – Fallugia paradoxa

Since this plant is a member of the rose family, it’s not a big surprise that its pure white flowers resemble small wild roses or apple blossoms. Pollinated by butterflies, these blooms later develop into the distinctive seedpods that give this evergreen shrub its common name. Apache Plume is best known for these namesake decorative,…

Aristocrat Flowering Pear – Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’

‘Aristocrat’ is an improved variety of Flowering Pear that features a strong and wide pyramidal branching structure with a distinct central leader, and superior disease resistance. These fruitless trees are notorious for their dramatic seasonal changes. Blooming begins in early spring as profuse clusters of pure white flowers decorate leafless branches, creating an enchanting white…

Arizona Ash – Fraxinus velutina

It’s easy to spot Arizona Ash in the fall, when cooler temperatures transform the tree’s bright green foliage to a glowing golden hue. This native tree is fast growing and deciduous, dropping its leaves for a brief period of winter dormancy after a spectacular show of autumn color. Small, non-ornamental flowers appear along the tree’s…

Arizona Cypress – Cupressus arizonica

Arizona Cypress is the only Cypress native to the southwest, where its conical, Christmas tree shape stands out against the often irregular crowns of other desert trees. This conifer creates a cooling, woodsy effect in the landscape, and looks best when allowed to grow naturally with little or no pruning. With a moderate growth rate,…