Southern Live Oak – Quercus virginiana

Southern Live Oak is one of the few large evergreen shade trees for our hot, arid region. This broad and stately tree grows faster than most of the notoriously slow Oaks, and tolerates more soil moisture than other desert adapted trees. Once established, it will also accept periods of drought, which means that Southern Live…

Sissoo Tree – Dalbergia sissoo

The bright green leaves of the Sissoo Tree are held to its branches by long petioles, allowing them to catch the slightest breeze and “shimmer” in the sunlight, earning comparisons to the better known Cottonwood and Aspen. However, Sissoo Trees are more drought and heat tolerant, and faster growing than their quaking counterparts. In the…

Shoestring Acacia – Acacia stenophylla

Shoestring Acacia provides southwestern landscapes with a unique and elegant silhouette that is versatile; ideal for framing buildings, fitting into tight spaces, and breaking up large spaces, but also serving well in transition zones and along roadsides or in medians. These trees are exceptionally drought tolerant once established, but they’re also known to tolerate heavy…

Scarlet Bottlebrush – Callistemon citrinus

The namesake flowers on this heat tolerant Australian native bloom nearly year-round and resemble large, crimson (…you guessed it) bottle brushes! Hummingbirds find these distinctive, spiky blooms absolutely irresistible, even though they aren’t the trumpet shape that we typically associate with hummingbird attractors. Scarlet bottlebrush’s evergreen foliage offers a medium texture and makes a fantastic…

Screwbean Mesquite – Prosopis pubescens

Screwbean mesquite has fine textured, bluish green foliage. It has a naturally shrubby growth habit, but it can be trained as a small tree at a young age with proper pruning. In late spring, yellow catkin-type flowers appear all over the tree, morphing into unusual looking seedpods. These twisted and spiral seedpods are said to…