Pindo Palm – Butia capitata

Pindo Palm has graceful, arching limbs with grey-green foliage. Yellow flowers appear in summer and turn into edible fruit on female trees. Clusters of yellow fruit reportedly taste sweet and tart at the same time, similar to pineapple. If fruit is unwanted, it may be wise to cut the clusters off before they create a…

Palo Blanco – Acacia willardiana

Thanks to its manageable size, picturesque silhouette, attractive bark, low maintenance requirements, drought resistance and heat tolerance, Palo Blanco is one of the best specimen trees available to southwestern gardeners. It’s an excellent thornless choice for placement against walls, near walkways and entryways, in small gardens or courtyards, or any spot with high, reflected heat.…

Palo Brea – Parkinsonia praecox

Palo Verde is the state tree of Arizona, and the name translates from Spanish to “green stick,” in reference to the tree’s branches that stay green year-round. This unique trait allows the tree to appear evergreen, even when the leaves have been shed in winter or summer drought. Compared to other varieties of Palo Verde,…

Native Mesquite – Prosopis velutina

Although this tough native isn’t Arizona’s state tree, it definitely deserves honorable mention as one of the most prominent and useful trees of the Desert Southwest! Many years before this land was called Arizona, indigenous people and local wildlife used the Native Mesquite for shelter, food, medicine, dye and lumber. This hardy tree is deciduous…