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:

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!

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

Swanhill Fruitless Olive

www.swanhill.com

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.

http://www.swanhill.com/PDFs/Residential_Estates.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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