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…

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…