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…

Arizona Sycamore – Platanus wrightii

The large, velvety, star-shaped leaves of Arizona Sycamore 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 and grey.…

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,…