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Low Water, Heat Tolerant Shade and Palm Trees

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Low Water, Heat Tolerant Shade and Palm Trees

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Shade Trees

Acacia aneura: Mulga
Tree grows 20-25' high. Fragrant, yellow, bottlebrush flowers. Dense shade.

Whitethorn Acacia

Acacia (Vachellia) constricta: Whitethorn Acacia
Tree grows 12-18' high. Fragrant, bright yellow puffball flowers. Light shade.

Acacia (Vachellia) farnesiana: Sweet Acacia
Tree grows 15-25' high. Sweetly fragrant, orange to yellow, puffball flowers. Light shade.

Acacia salicina: Cooba / Willow Acacia
Tree grows 30-40' high. Fragrant, white, puffball flowers. Moderate shade.

Acacia stenophylla: Shoestring Acacia
Tree grows 20-40' high. Necklace-like seed pods, long narrow green leaves have weeping appearance. Light to moderate shade.

Caesalpinia mexicana: Mexican Holdback / Mexican Bird of Paradise
Tree grows 10-15' high. Bright yellow flower spikes on branch tips Moderate shade.

Ceratonia siliqua: Carob Tree / St John's Bread
Tree grows 30-40' high. Dense shade.

Cercis canadensis var. mexicana: Mexican Redbud
Tree grows 18-25' high. Pink flowers mid winter. Heart shaped leaves. Moderate shade.

Chilopsis linearis: Desert Willow
Tree grows 6-25' high. Large, fragrant flowers are purple to pink to white. Attracts hummingbirds. Light shade.

Cordia boissieri: Anacahuita / Mexican Olive
A large shrub, or with pruning, tree, growing 12-24' high. Two inch diameter, clustered, white flowers with yellow throats. Moderate shade.

Dodonaea viscosa: Florida Hop Bush
Tree grows 12-15' high. Papery, winged seed capsules. Moderate shade.

Ebenopsis ebano: Texas Ebony
Tree grows 15-30' high. Creamy yellow, fragrant flowers. Dense shade.

Fraxinus greggii: Gregg's Ash / Littleleaf Ash
Tree grows to 20' high. Light to moderate shade.

Lagerstroemia indica: Crape Myrtle
Tree grows to 30' high. Moderate shade.

Lysiloma watsonii: Littleleaf False Tamarind / Desert Fern
Tree grows 20' high. White puffball flowers, fern-like leaves. Light shade.

Moringa oleifera: Moringa
Tree grows rapidly 32-40' high. Edible leaves and seedpods. Light to light-medium shade.

Morus species: Mulberry
Plants grow 10-50' high depending on variety. Fruit attracts birds. White Fruited Mulberry is non-staining. Heavy shade.

Nerium oleander: Oleander
Plant grows 3-20' high depending on variety. Flowers bloom spring through fall with many colors available. Moderate shade.

Olea europaea: Olive
Tree grows to 30' high. Dense shade.

Olneya tesota: Desert Ironwood
Tree grows 15-30' high. Sweet pea-like purple and white flowers. Moderate shade.


Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis: Desert Willow
Parkinsonia florida: Blue Palo Verde
Tree grows 25' high. Bright yellow blossoms. Blue-green bark. Light shade.

Parkinsonia hybrid: Hybrid Palo Verde
Tree grows 25-30' high. Bright yellow blossoms. Yellow-green bark. Light shade.

Parkinsonia microphylla: Yellow Paloverde / Foothill Palo Verde
Tree grows 10-20' high and wide. Pale yellow blossoms. Yellow-green bark. Light shade.

Prosopis glandulosa: Honey Mesquite
Tree grows 30' high. Fuzzy yellow flowers. Moderate to dense shade.

Prosopis hybrid: Hybrid Mesquite / Chilean Mesquite
Tree grows 20-40' high. Fuzzy cream colored flowers. Moderate to dense shade.

Prosopis velutina: Velvet Mesquite
Tree grows 30-40' high. Fragrant, fuzzy yellow flowers. Moderate to dense shade.

Quercus buckleyi: Texas Red Oak
Tree grows 30-40' high. Moderate shade.

Sophora secundiflora: Mescal Bean / Texas Mountain Laurel
Tree grows 15-25' high. Fragrant violet-blue flowers in drooping clusters. Dense shade.

Ungnadia speciosa: Mexican Buckeye
Tree grows 10-15' high. Fragrant rose-purple flowers. Dense shade.

Vauquelinia californica: Arizona Rosewood
Tree grows 10-30' high. Clusters of small white flowers. Dense shade.

Ziziphus jujuba: Jujube / Chinese Date
Tree grows 15-30' high. Delicious fruit. Moderate shade.

Palm Trees

Brahea armata: Mexican Blue Palm
Fan palm grows 30-40' high. Pale yellow, large, pendulent flower plumes.

Brahea edulis: Guadalupe Palm
Fan palm grows 36-45' high. Pale yellow flowers clustered on long plumes. Edible dates.

Butia odorata: Jelly Palm / Pindo Palm
Feather palm grows 15-20' high. Large sprays of yellow-orange, round to oval fruit with a mixed-fruit flavor.

Washingtonia filifera: California Fan Palm
Fan palm grows 60' high.



Trunks of all trees should be at least 40' from a house to reduce fire danger.


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