Description of Trees for smaller yards and some for larger yards

birdlady_in_mesa(z9 AZ)January 1, 2013

Some trees for smaller yards and some for larger yards-

Thanks to AZTreelvr for the excellent suggestions and descriptions!

Cascalote (Caesalpinia cacalaco) 15 x15 feet at maturity Full sun Young trees are very thorny Stunning yellow winter flowers followed by colorful red seedpods Low litter

Feather Tree (Lysiloma microphylla v. thornberi) 15x15 feet at maturity Full sun/Partial sun No thorns Sensitive to the cold Beneficial to native wildlife Small white puffball flowers from May to June (flat seedpods follow bloom)

Mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) 15 x 20 feet at maturity Full Sun No thorns Evergreen tree with stiff, dark green leaves turn red in the fall.

Low litter

Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana) 20 x 20 feet at maturity Full sun Thorny Sweet-scented flowers lend nice winter color Beneficial to native wildlife

Texas Ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule) 20 x 15 feet at maturity Full sun, accepts some shade Dark green leaf color all year Thorny Beneficial to native wildlife

Vitex (Vitex Agnus-castus) 20 x 20 at maturity Full sun Dark green leaves spring to fall (deciduous in winter) No thorns Spikes of purple (or white, pink) flowers all summer, attracts butterflies

Trees that are fairly fast growing and would stay green most of the year and will have a nice full canopy- some litter.

Sonoran Emerald hybrid palo verde 30 x 30 at maturity Fast growing Full sun No thorns Dense canopy with dark green, lush foliage Bright yellow flowers in spring, few seed pods Low litter

Evergreen Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) 30 x 30 at maturity Fast growing Full Sun Semi-evergreen Attractive bark

Chitalpa (Chitalpa taskentensis) 20 - 30' tall and wide at maturity Leaves are 1/2" wide and 5-6" long Full sun No thorns Showy clusters of pink or white flowers during warm months No seeds Deciduous in winter

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