Five low-water trees to provide shade for your Arizona home
Aug 27, 2015, 2:00 PM
Among many other benefits, planting trees around your home really can save energy, according to the National Forest Service.
The NFS said shade from two 25-foot tall trees on the west side of the house plus one 25-footer on the east side could save you almost 25 percent of your air conditioning cost if you live in the Southwest. Of course, mature trees in a yard can also add to your home’s curb appeal.
Here are some tree possibilities from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Web site which lists low-water use trees well-adapted to Arizona’s soil and climate.
Chilean or velvet mesquite
Both these mesquites are relatively fast-growing, but the Chilean grows to about 30 feet tall, while the velvet, a native of Arizona, only reaches 25. The velvet also has a stronger root system.
The palo verde is the state tree of Arizona and there are two species that are native to the state: the foothill and the blue palo verde. They’re known for their characteristic green bark which contains chlorophyll and gives it the ability to carry on photosynthesis. They’re fast growers; both reach about 30 feet in height. The blues can get to 40 feet. Both have glorious yellow blooms in the spring.
A hybrid version of the palo verde, this tree has become popular because it’s easier to prune into a canopy than you can do with most mesquites and palo verdes. It’s also less prone to damage and breakage in wind storms.
Afghan or Aleppo pine
If you have more space to fill in your yard, you might want to plant a pine tree that’s native to Afghanistan or Syria and can reach 50 feet or more in height. Our long growing season means that trees like this can grow rapidly.
If you’re looking for a tree that can add color to your yard, consider the desert willow that will grow to 25 feet in height. These trees can bear white, pink or purple trumpet-shaped flowers from spring through fall.
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