Native & Drought Tolerant:
We consider a native plant a plant native to the Sonoran desert, not necessarily the Tucson region alone. The Sonoran desert stretches from parts of California, through southwestern Arizona and about 50 miles into Mexico. Most of the indigenous plants to this area are low water use plants, some requiring only 10 inches or less of annual rain fall to survive. There are certainly exceptions to native plants that don't grow well in Tucson, if you are wondering about a specific plant give us a call or ask us with our webform
These plants, then, would be those found growing outside of the Sonoran desert region.
A popular tree for people living in Tucson, generally needs to be grown in warmer areas or in micro-climates. Trees all vary with harvest times, fruit production and certainly taste. All citrus sold now are self pollinating and are grafted which enables higher yields in fruit production. Citrus all have rhines and generally seeds, some vanities have been breed to be seedless and some have been grafted to dwarf root stocks to give smaller trees only reaching 6-8 feet. (Grapefruits, Mandarins, Lemons, Limes, Kumquats, Oranges).
An evergreen tree that has a rosette of feather or fan shaped leaves. Most grow with a single trunk some branch but only a few vanities such as Sagos and Date palms.
Those plants that keep their foliage all year round would fall into this category.
Those plants that shed their leaves for a period of time, entering into a state of dormancy, fall into this category. Most deciduous plants enter dormancy in the winter time, but a few varieties exhibit this trait at other times of the year.
Great plants for container gardening, that require some protection from either temperature or light.