Plant of the Month – December

Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis Plant Form: Deciduous tree Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 25-40 (to 60) ft. tall x 25-35 (to 50) ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part shade Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May) Native to: China, Phillipines, Taiwan Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Chinese Pistache delivers what few other trees do: vibrant fall colors in warmer climates. Besides transforming its foliage to crimson in autumn, it adds to its year-round interest with attractive bark and bright red fruit that turns […]

Plant of the Month – July

Chitalpa x Chitalpa tashkentensis Plant Form: Deciduous tree Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall x 15-30 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: Hybrid from North American parents Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Chitalpa inherited some of the best qualities from each of its parents, producing an exciting, drought-resistant plant ideally suited for most soils and climates throughout the American southwest. This hybrid deciduous […]

Plant of the Month – October

PomegranatePunica granatum Plant Form: Deciduous Shrub, Tree Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 12-15 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (April-May), Early Summer (June-July) Native to: Himalayas, India, Iran Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Pomegranate gives back so much and asks for so little in return. Even in very hot gardens with difficult soils, this fast-growing, deciduous shrub or tree produces beautiful fruits filled with juicy, sweet seeds to eat right from the plant or to […]

Plant of the Month – July

Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana Plant Form: Deciduous tree, shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug) Native to: California, SW United States, Mexico (between 0 – 5,600 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Honey Mesquite is a graceful, winter-deciduous tree/shrub with multiple trunks and feathery leaves that provide cool, filtered shade from spring to fall. Yellow catkin-like flowers in spring produce nutritious, tan, pea-like seed pods in late summer that […]