Chinese Pistache – Pistacia chinensis

Tucsonans, meet the one and only desert adapted tree that is guaranteed to give you the beautiful orange and red colors that you crave in fall, and the cooling shade that you desire in summer! Chinese Pistache develops a dense umbrella-shaped canopy of grass-green leaves that appear to catch on fire in fall, adding quite…

Catclaw Acacia – Acacia greggii

Named for the small curved thorns it bears along its branches, Catclaw Acacia is often employed in natural areas as a large desert shrub or barrier, existing on rainfall alone. However, with a little bit of supplemental irrigation and selective pruning, this desert perennial is transformed into a small semi-deciduous tree that is packed with…

California Pepper – Schinus molle

California Pepper has bright-green pendulous foliage that makes it a very graceful shade tree. Inconspicuous clusters of hanging yellow flowers turn into rose-colored berries on female trees, which birds tend to be quite fond of. Foliage has a peppery smell when crushed, making it deer resistant. As California pepper ages, its trunk can be of…