Chinese Elm – Ulmus parvifolia

The Chinese elm is an extremely fast growing shade tree, a great alternative to the Chilean mesquite, but requiring much less maintenance and cleanup. Glossy green foliage creates a lovely dense shade, perfect for a large yard or play area. It will even tolerate being planted in a lawn setting, as long as it is…

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…

Chocolate Flower – Berlandiera lyrata

These adorable little daisy-like flowers will brighten your warm-season mornings with sunny yellow color and the unmistakable scent of chocolate! The maroon center of the flower provides a perfect landing pad for the butterflies that flock to it for nectar. Native to northern Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and Texas; the hardy Chocolate Flower will tolerate temperatures…

Chuparosa – Justicia californica

Chuparosa is a must-have shrub for every hummingbird garden across the arid southwest! Blooming from spring to fall, its deep red tubular flowers are the quintessential shape and color for attracting the little flying jewels. People enjoy these bright flowers too, not only for their colorful contribution to the desert palette, but also for their…