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…

Arizona Cypress – Cupressus arizonica

Arizona Cypress is the only Cypress native to the southwest, where its conical, Christmas tree shape stands out against the often irregular crowns of other desert trees. This conifer creates a cooling, woodsy effect in the landscape, and looks best when allowed to grow naturally with little or no pruning. With a moderate growth rate,…

Arizona Sycamore – Platanus wrightii

The large, velvety, star-shaped leaves of Arizona Sycamore turn golden-brown in fall, and are a truly unique sight in the arid southwest. This deciduous tree’s mottled white bark is equally distinctive, resembling camouflage as it peels in large patches; lending an uncommon brightness to desert winter landscapes that tend to be primarily brown and grey.…