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Disclaimer: The information provided here was gathered from research literature published by the University of Arizona, other professional Landscape and  Horticultural organizations and our experience at Arid Zone Trees. Always consult local landscape experts for recommendation for your specific area.

 

New and Reintroduced Desert Tree Species

The hard work of many individuals and institutions are insuring that desert landscape designers will enjoy an ever-expanding palette of trees to work with The  Desert Legume Program at the University of Arizona, Tucson, The Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, The Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, The Phoenix Zoo, The Living Desert Preserve,  Palm Springs, CA, and The San Diego Wild Animal Park,  are just a few of the institutions that are exploring the other deserts of the world for tree and shrub species that are adapted to our southwestern    desert conditions.

Evaluating   the horticultural properties of new  species is a time consuming but essential task.  Such evaluation examines the growth habits, general structure, rooting characteristics, cold hardiness, litter issues, rate of growth, flowering qualities and other factors that would influence their use and survival in landscape settings.   Many new or introduced species have been the subject of research in their native habitats so that  literature exists that details many of their horticultural qualities.  It is still important to determine how these species will do under conditions found in the desert southwest where high and low temperature extremes, soil profiles and other characteristics vary widely.  Some of the species listed below have been the subjects of previous issues of Arid Zone Times, while others will be covered in future issues.

BOTANICAL NAME BOTANICAL NAME BOTANICAL NAME
Acacia aroma Acacia lysiphloia Acacia xanthophloea
Acacia brachybotrya Acacia microbotrya Bauhinia lunarioides
Acacia brachystachya Acacia nebrownii Condalia hookeri
Acacia caven Acacia notabilis Eysenhardtia texana
Acacia constricta Acacia occidentalis Faidherbia albida
Acacia coriacea Acacia papyrocarpa Geoffroea decorticans
Acacia cowleana Acacia pendula Haematoxylum brasiletto
Acacia cyclops Acacia rigidula Lysiloma microphyllum
Acacia eburnea Acacia rivalis Pithecellobium flexicaule
Acacia erioloba Acacia tetragonophylla Pithecellobium pallens
Acacia gerrardii Acacia trachycarpa Prosopis pubescens
Acacia jennerae Acacia trineura Rhus choriophylla
Acacia karroo Acacia victoriae Vauquelinia californica