Black Dalea – Dalea frutescens

This medium, rounded shrub is one of the many reasons we’re lucky to be gardening in the Southwest! Virtually unknown outside of its native habitat, this tough, versatile shrub is right at home in almost any setting, easily blending into courtyards, patio areas, informal hedges, landscape foundations and rock or cactus gardens. Black Dalea’s delicate,…

Afghan Pine – Pinus eldarica

A Large portion of the Pine trees you see around Tucson today are Afghan Pines, and for good reason! This species is very well adapted to desert climates; tolerating our alkaline soil and fluctuating temperatures and periods of drought with ease. It also accepts wet soils better than any of the other pines that grow…

Aleppo Pine – Pinus halepensis

Believed to be the first holiday tree ever decorated, the Aleppo Pine is one of the few live Christmas trees that is especially adapted to arid climates, which means that Tucsonans can plant it in their yards after decorations come down! Younger trees have the symmetrical pyramid shape of a traditional holiday tree, but as…

Anacacho Orchid Tree – Bauhinia lunarioides

Pink and white flowers that resemble tiny orchids cover the Anacacho orchid tree through spring and early summer. If summer rainstorms are sufficient enough, a second blossoming will occur in the fall. Unusually shaped dusty green leaves are shaped like butterflies. Anacacho orchid tree is a hardy addition to the xeric landscape or garden; it…

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,…