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Sissoo Tree Removal; Installation of Silver Leaf Texas Mountain Laurel and Live Oak
Thank you so much to the Jene Cain for this wonderful video! We truly appreciate all your hard work in documenting this process. We're so glad you love your new trees!


Tree Choices
 
Choosing a the right tree for your landscape design can seem like a daunting task with so many to choose from.  Some considerations when making this decision should be:
 
  • Foliage (Evergreen or Deciduous)
  • Litter
  • Thorns
  • Allergenic
  • Cold/Heat Tolerance
  • Water Requirements
  • Growth:  Rate, Size, and Form
 
The picture below shows the trees shape in this order:
Upright, open   -   Wide Crown   -   Rounded Crown   -   Shrublike   -   Vase Shaped
    One of the best websites to look at when making this decision is Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert: http://www.amwua.org/trees.html
     
    Below are a few trees that are commonly seen within our community.  They have been sorted by their growth rate.  The information about each tree has been provided by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert).  Please refer to the website above for further information on these trees.
     
    This list is by no means all-inclusive, it is simply a few of our favorites!
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    Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
     
     
    Mediterranean Fan Palm
    Mature Size: 10' h x 10'
    Flower Color: Cream
    Sun: full sun, partial sun
    Flower Season: summer
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: medium green
    Growth Rate: slow
    Foliage Texture: coarse
    Form: fan palm
    Evergreen: evergreen
    Hardiness: 1-10° F
    Litter: low
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: medium, thorns on leaves
    Other Features: Multitrunked palm for small areas and containers.
    Native to: Africa, Mediterranean
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    Swanhill Fruitless Olive
    Mature Size: 25' h x 25' w
    Flower Color: Cream (nonshowy)
    Sun: full sun, partial sun
    Flower Season: spring
    Water: low
    Foliage Color: gray-green
    Growth Rate: slow-moderate
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: rounded crown
    Evergreen? evergreen
    Hardiness: 11-20° F
    Litter: low
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Provides a mediterranean look.
    Native to: Horticultural Selection
    Only pollenless and fruitless selections can be legally purchased for landscape use.
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    Mexican Bird of Paradise
    Mature Size: 10' h x 8'
    Flower Color: Yellow spikes
    Sun: full sun
    Flower Season: spring to fall
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: dark green
    Growth Rate: moderate-fast
    Foliage Texture: fine
    Form: upright, open
    Evergreen? evergreen
    Hardiness: 11-20° F
    Litter: moderate
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds
    Other Features: Can be grown as a small tree. Attracts hummingbirds.
    Native to: Mexico
    Plant Type: tree,shrub
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    Texas Mountain Laurel
    Mature Size: 8' h x 6' w
    Flower Color: Purple clusters
    Sun: full sun
    Flower Season: spring
    Water: low
    Foliage Color: dark green
    Growth Rate: slow
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: upright, dense
    Evergreen? evergreen
    Hardiness: 1-10° F
    Litter: low
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Fragrant flowers. Can be grown as a small tree.
    Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
    Plant Type: tree,shrub
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    Little-Leaf Ash
    Mature Size: 10' h x 8'w
    Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
    Sun: full sun, partial sun
    Flower Season: spring
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: medium green
    Growth Rate: slow
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: rounded
    Evergreen? semievergreen
    Hardiness: 1-10° F
    Litter: low
    Allergenic: yes
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Graceful shrub or small tree. Attractive gray bark with age.
    Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
    Plant Type: tree,shrub




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    Texas Ebony
    Mature Size: 20' h x 15' w
    Flower Color: Cream to yellow
    Sun: full sun
    Flower Season: late spring to early summer
    Water: very low
    Foliage Color: dark green
    Growth Rate: slow
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: irregular
    Evergreen? evergreen
    Hardiness: 11-20° F
    Litter: moderate
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: medium
    Other Features: Rich green foliage color. Bark sunburns if tree is overpruned.
    Recently reclassified as Ebenopsis ebano.
    Native to: Mexico, south Texas, Texas
    Plant Type: tree
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    Live Oak
    Mature Size: 40' h x 50' w
    Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
    Sun: full sun
    Flower Season: spring
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: dark green
    Growth Rate: moderate
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: wide crown
    Evergreen? semievergreen
    Hardiness: <0° F
    Litter: seasonal
    Allergenic: yes
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Accepts lawn conditions.
    Consider mature size.
    Native to: southeast U.S.
    Plant Type: tree



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    Growth Rate: Moderate to FAST
     
    Hybrid Palo Verde
    Mature Size: 25' h x 25' w
    Flower Color: Yellow
    Sun: full or reflected sun
    Flower Season: spring to summer
    Water: very low
    Foliage Color: medium green
    Growth Rate: fast
    Foliage Texture: fine
    Form: vase-shaped
    Evergreen? semievergreen
    Hardiness: 11-20° F
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Overwatering may cause limbs to break.
    Recently reclassified as Parkinsonia hybrid.
    Native to: Horticultural Selection
    Look for 'Desert Museum' or other selections.












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    Sissoo Tree
    Mature Size: 40' h x 30' w
    Flower Color: Cream (nonshowy)
    Sun: full sun
    Flower Season: spring
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: bright green
    Growth Rate: fast
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: upright
    Evergreen? semievergreen
    Hardiness: 21-30° F
    Litter: low
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Large shade tree.
    Native to: India
    Plant Type: tree
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    Chinese Pistache
    Mature Size: 40' h x 35' w
    Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
    Sun: full sun
    Flower Season: spring
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: dark green
    Growth Rate: moderate
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: rounded crown
    Evergreen? deciduous
    Litter: seasonal
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Dense shade tree. Striking fall color, red fruit on female trees.
    Native to: China, Philippines
    Plant Type: tree











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    Chaste Tree
    Mature Size: 20' h x 20' w
    Flower Color: Lavender spikes
    Sun: full sun, partial sun
    Flower Season: summer to fall
    Water: moderate
    Foliage Color: dark green
    Growth Rate: moderate
    Foliage Texture: medium
    Form: shrublike
    Evergreen? deciduous
    Hardiness: 11-20° F
    Litter: moderate
    Allergenic: no
    Thorns: none
    Other Features: Fragrant flowers. Seeds are hazardous on sidewalks.
    Native to: southern Europe
    Plant Type: tree