Category Archives: Low Water Use Plants

Low Water Use Landscaping – LARGE CACTI

Mexican Fencepost (Pachycereus Marginatus)

All Cacti are VERY low water use, evergreen, and low litter plants.  Large cacti can make a great focal point in you Tucson Real Estate low water use landscape.  My criteria for large cacti is and cactus over ten feet tall.  Here are a few you could choose from.

  • Saguaro (Carnegiea Gigantea) is a plant native to the Sonoran Desert and probably the best known and most identifiable cactus in Arizona.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 18 degrees, and has long thorns.  Saguaro grows columnar to about 20 feet tall by 10 feet across, has white showing blooms in the late spring, and the red fruits produced by this plant will attract birds.  It is important to consider the mature size of this plant.
  • Hildmann’s Cereus (Cereus Hildmannianus) is a plant native to eastern South America.  It can tolerate full sunlight, is hardy to 24 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Hildmann’s Cereus grows columnar to about 15 feet tall by 10 feet across and has white showy night blooms spring to summer.  This plant is a fast-growing substitute for organ pipe cactus.
  • Senita (Pachycereus Schottii)  is a plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 18 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Senita grows columnar to about 10 feet tall by 10 feet across and has pink night blooms in late spring to early summer that will appear on the “furry” top regions of the stems.
  • Totem Pole (Lophocereus Schottii) is a plant native to Baja California.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 20 degrees, and has no thorns.  Totem Pole grows columnar to about 10 feet tall by 10 feet across and has pink blooms in late spring to summer.  This plant is particularly interesting for its sculptural quality.
  • Blue Myrtle Cactus (Myrtillocactus Geometrizans)  is a plant native to southern Mexico.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 24 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Blue Myrtle Cactus grows upright to about 15 feet tall by 10 feet across and has small greenish white blooms in spring followed by purple fruits.  This plant can become treelike with age.
  • Indian Fig (Opuntia Ficus-Indica) is a horticultural selection that can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 22 degrees, and typically has no thorns.  It grows shrublike or treelike to about 12 feet tall by 18 feet across and has yellow to orange showy blooms in the spring followed by showy fruits.  Indian Fig has treelike sculptural qualities and space should be a consideration.
  • Giant Prickly Pear (Opuntia Robusta) is a plant native to central Mexico.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 15 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Giant Prickly Pear grows shrublike to about 10 feet tall by 10 feet across and has yellow flowers in spring followed by large red fruit.  The pads of this plant can grow to one foot or more across.
  • Mexican Fencepost (Pachycereus Marginatus) is a plant native to southern Mexico.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 20 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Mexican Fencepost grows columnar to about 10 feet tall by 6 feet across and has pink flowers in spring.  This plant make a bold, dramatic accent and also does well in containers.
  • Organ Pipe (Stenocereus Thurberi) is a plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 22 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Organ Pipe grows columnar to about 10 feet tall by 10 feet across ahd has pale pink night blooms from spring to summer.  This plant makes a striking focal point.
  • Cardon Grande (Trichocereus Terscheckii) is a plant native to Argentina.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Cardon Grande grows treelike to about 15 feet tall by 8 feet across and has showy white flowers in the spring.  This plant is similar to Saguaro but grows faster and is smaller at maturity.

These plants can be a great choice for your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite large cacti in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.

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Low Water Use Landscaping – SMALL to MEDIUM CACTI

Golden Barrel (Echinocactus Grusonii)

All Cacti are VERY low water use, evergreen, and low litter plants.  Small to medium cacti can make a great statement in you Tucson Real Estate low water use landscape.  My criteria for small to medium cacti is under four feet tall.  Here are a few you could choose from.

  • Buckhorn Cholla (Opuntia Acanthocarpa) is a plant native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Buckhorn Cholla grows shrublike to about four feet tall by five feet across and has red to yellow blooms in the spring.  This plant make an effective security barrier.
  • Beavertail Prickly Pear (Opuntia Basilaris) is a plant native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has small thorns.  Beavertail Prickly Pear grows low/sprawling to about one foot tall by three feet across and has vibrant magenta to pink colored flowers in the spring.
  • Engelmann’s Prickly Pear (Opuntia Engelmannii) is a plant native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has medium thorns.  Engelmann’s Prickly Pear grows shrublike to about four feet tall by eight feet across and has yellow showy flowers in the spring to early summer.  This plant’s large dark red fruits attract birds.
  • Purple Prickly Pear (Opuntia Santa-Rita) is a plant native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has small thorns.  Purple Prickly Pear grows shrublike to about four feet tall by five feet across and has yellow flowers in the spring.  This plants pads take on a striking purplish color in cold or dry weather.
  • Spruce Cones (Tephrocactus Articulatus) is a plant native to Argentina.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees, and has no thorns.  Spruce Cones grows sprawling to about one foot tall by three feet across and has small white to pink blooms in the spring.  This cactus make a good container plant with nice sculptural qualities.
  • Argentine Giant (Trichocereus Candicans) is a plant native to Argentina.  It can tolerate partial shade, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has small thorns.  Argentine Giant grows sprawling to about two feet tall by three feet across and has white showy night blooms in the spring that are six inches to eight inches across and very fragrant.
  • Argentine Hedgehog (Trichocereus Huascha) is a plant native to Argentina.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has small thorns.  Argentine Hedgehog grows clumping to about two feet tall by three feet across and has red to orange showy blooms in the spring to summer that are some of the most spectacular flowers of all landscape cacti.
  • Golden Barrel (Echinocactus Grusonii) is a plant native to southern Mexico.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 18 degrees, and has long thorns.  Golden Barrel grows globe-shaped to about one and a half feet tall by two feet across and has yellow blooms in the spring.  This striking accent plant is also attractive in groupings.
  • Engelmann’s Hedgehog (Echinocereus Engelmannii) is a plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full sunlight, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has long thorns.  Engelmann’s Hedgehog grows clumping to about one foot tall by two feet across and has vibrant showy magenta colored blooms in the spring.
  • Compass Barrel (Ferocactus Cylindraceus) is a plant native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 10 degrees, and has long thorns.  Compass Barrel grows globe-shaped to about two feet tall by one and a half feet across and has yellow to orange blooms in late spring to early summer.  This plant is good for naturalistic landscapes.

These plants can be a great choice for your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite small to medium cacti in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.

Low Water Use Landscaping – GIANT TREES

Chinese Pistache (Pistacia Chinensis)

Giant low water use trees can be a great asset to your Tucson Real Estate. In a large urban yard as a centerpiece of the landscape or on acreage is a great place for large trees.  My criteria for a large tree is a tree 35 feet tall and taller.  Here are some choices:

  • Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Sissoo) is a moderate water use fast growing semi-evergreen plant native to India.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 25 degrees, creates low litter, and has no thorns.  Indian Rosewood grows upright to about 40 feet tall by 30 feet across and has cream non-showy blooms in the spring.  This tree is a great large shade tree.
  • Coolibah (Eucalyptus Microtheca) is a VERY low water use fast growing evergreen plant native to Australia.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 10 degrees, creates moderate litter, and has no thorns.  Coolibah grows irregular to about 35 feet tall by 25 feet across and has cream non-showy flowers in the summer.  This tree will accept lawn conditions.
  • Afghan Pine (Pinus Eldarica) is a low water use fast growing evergreen plant native to Afghanistan.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 10 degrees, creates moderate litter, and has no thorns.  Afghan Pine grows irregular to about 50 feet tall by 35 feet across so be sure to consider the mature size of this tree.  This tree has brown cones and provides a Mediterranean look to your landscape.
  • Chinese Pistache (Pistacia Chinensis) is a moderate water use moderate growing deciduous plant native to China and the Philippines.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 10 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has no thorns.  Chinese Pistache grows in a rounded crown to about 40 feet tall by 35 feet across and has green non-showy blooms in the spring.  This dense shade tree has a striking fall color and red fruit on female trees.
  • Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) is a moderate water use moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to the southeast United States.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to zero degrees, creates seasonal litter, has no thorns, and is allergenic.  Live Oak grows in a wide crown to about 40 feet tall by 50 feet across and has green non-showy blooms in the spring.  Be sure to considered the mature size of this tree when making a selection.  This tree does well in lawn conditions.
  • Evergreen Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia) is a moderate water use fast growing semi-evergreen plant native to China.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 20 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has no thorns.  Evergreen Elm grows umbrella-like to about 35 feet tall and 35 feet across, has attractive bark, and green non-showy blooms in the spring.  This tree does well in lawn conditions.

These plants can be a great choice for your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite giant trees in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.

Low Water Use Landscaping – LARGE TREES

Ironwood (Olneya Tesota)

Large low water use trees can be a great asset to your Tucson Real Estate. In an urban yard as a centerpiece of the landscape is a great place for large trees.  My criteria for a large tree is a tree between 25 and 30 feet tall and here are some choices:

  • Willow Acacia (Acacia Salicina) is a low water use fast growing evergreen plant native to the Australia. It can tolerate full sunlight, is hardy to 20 degrees, creates low litter, and has no thorns. Willow Acacia grows upright and open to about 30 feet tall by 15 feet across and has cream puffballs in spring. This plant is a suitable screen for narrow areas.
  • Shoestring Acacia (Acacia Steinophylla) is a VERY low water use evergreen plant native to Australia.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 18 degrees, creates low litter, has no thorns, and over watering should be avoided.  Shoestring Acacia grows upright and airy to about 30 feet tall by 20 feet across and has cream puffballs from fall to winter.  This plant can be used as a tall screening tree.
  • Canyon Hackberry (Celtis Reticulata) is a moderate water use moderate growing deciduous plant native to the western United States.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to zero degrees, creates seasonal litter, has no thorns, and is allergenic.  Canyon Hackberry grows sprawling to about 25 feet tall by 25 feet across and has green non-showy blooms in the spring.  The tree has a distinctive trunk and birds love the tine orange berries.
  • Blue Palo Verde (Cercidium Floridum) is a VERY low water use fast growing semi-evergreen plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates seasonal liter, and has small thorns.  Blue Palo Verde grows vase-shaped to about 30 feet tall by 30 feet across and has bright yellow blooms in the spring.
  • Hybrid Palo Verde or Desert Museum Palo Verde (Cercidium Hybrid) is a VERY low water use fast growing semi-evergreen horticultural selection plant.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates seasonal litter, has no thorns, and over watering may cause limbs to break.  Hybrid Palo Verde grows vase-shaped to about 25 feet tall by 25 feet across and has yellow blooms from spring to summer.
  • Palo Brea (Cercidium Praecox) is a VERY low water use fast growing semi-evergreen plant native to Mexico into South America.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 25 degrees, creates low litter, and has small thorns.  Palo Brea grows umbrella-like to about 25 feet tall by 25 feet across and has bright yellow blooms in late spring.  This tree has a distinctive sculptural form and lime-green bark.
  • Desert Willow (Chamaerops Bumilis) is a low water use fast growing deciduous plant native to the southwestern United States and Mexico.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to zero degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has no thorns.  Desert Willow grows irregular to about 25 feet tall by 20 feet across and has white, pink, and purple trumpet-shaped flowers from spring to fall.  This tree is leafless in winter and its beautiful flowers attract hummingbirds.
  • Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia Speciosa) is a moderate water use moderate growing deciduous plant native to Brazil and Argentina.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 26 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has thorns on the trunk.  Silk Floss Tree grows upright to about 30 feet tall by 25 feet across and has a spectacular show of pink to red flowers in the fall.  This tree has a distinctive trunk.
  • Red-Cap Gum (Eucalyptus Erythrocorys) is a VERY low water use fast growing evergreen plant native to Australia.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 24 degrees, creates moderate litter, and has no thorns.  Red-Cap Gum grows uptight to about 25 feet tall by 15 feet across and has red buds followed by yellow clusters in the summer.  This tree can create an effective screen.
  • Fruitless Olive (Olea Europaea) is a low water use slow to moderate growing evergreen horticultural selection plant.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates low litter and has no thorns.  Fruitless Olive grows in a rounded crown to about 25 feet tall by 25 feet across and has cream non-showy blooms in the spring.  This tree provides a Mediterranean look to your landscape.  (It is important to note that only pollen-less and fruitless olive trees can be legally purchased for landscape use in Arizona.)
  • Ironwood (Olneya Tesota) is a VERY low water use slow growing evergreen plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 20 degrees, creates low litter, and has thorns.  Ironwood grows in a rounded crown to about 25 feet tall by 25 feet across and has dusty lavender flowers in late spring.  This handsome tree lends character to the landscape.
  • Mexican Ebony (Pithecellobium Mexicanum) is a low water use moderate growing deciduous plant native to Sonora.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has small thorns.  Mexican Ebony grows irregular and open to about 30 feet tall by 25 feet across and has cream puffballs in the spring.
  • Tenaza (Pithecellobium Pallens) is a low water use moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to south Texas and northeast Mexico.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 10 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has thorns.  Tenaza grows shrub-like to about 25 feet tall by 12 feet across, has fragrant cream puffballs in the summer, and attractive gray bark.
  • Texas Honey Mesquite (Prosopis Glandulosa v. glandulosa) is a VERY low water use fast growing deciduous plant native to Texas and Mexico.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to zero degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has large thorns (although thorn-less selections are available).  Texas Honey Mesquite grows in a wide crown to about 30 feet tall by 30 feet across, has a graceful character, and pale yellow blooms in the spring.
  • Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis Species) is a VERY low water use fast growing semi-evergreen horticultural selections plant.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has variable thorns.  Chilean Mesquite grows in a wide crown to about 30 feet tall by 30 feet across and has yellow-green blooms in the spring.  Limiting water will control the rapid growth of these trees and help prevent uprooting in high winds.
  • Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis Velutina) is a VERY low water use moderate to fast growing diciduous plant native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to zero degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has thorns.  Velvet Mesquite grows in a wide crown to about 25 feet tall by 25 feet across and has pale yellow blooms in the spring.  This tree may be sold as Prosopis Juliflora or Prosopis Pubescens.

These plants can be a great choice for your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite large trees in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.

Low Water Use Landscaping – MEDIUM TREES

Foothills Palo Verde (Cercidium Microphyllum)

Medium low water use trees can be a great asset to your Tucson Real Estate.  In a small yard, as a focal point in front of the house, and near a building are great places for medium trees.  My criteria for a medium tree is a tree between 15 and 20 feet tall and here are some choices:

  • Guajillo (Acacia Berlandieri) is a low water use moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to southern Texas and Mexico. It can tolerate full sunlight to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates moderate litter, and variable thorns. Guajillo grows vase-shaped to about 15 feet tall by 15 feet across and has cream puffballs in spring. This lush-looking plant can be grown as a screening shrub or an attractive tree.
  • Sweet Acacia (acacia Farnesiana) is a low water use moderate growing evergreen plant native from the southern United States into South America.  It can tolerate full sunshine, is hardy to 10 degrees, creates moderate litter, and has small thorns.  Sweet Acacia grows vase-shaped to about 20 feet tall by 20 feet across and has sweet-scented golden yellow puffballs from late winter to spring.  This plant will provide good winter color for your yard.
  • Palo Blanco (Acacia Willardiana) is a VERY low water use slow to moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to the southern Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 25 degrees, creates very little litter, and has no thorns.  Palo Blanco grows upright and airy to about 20 feet tall by ten feet across and has blooms that look like cream-colored spikes in the spring.  This plant has striking white peeling bark and is a great accent tree.
  • Mexican Blue Palm (Brabea Armata) is a low water use very slow growing evergreen plant native to Baja California.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates low litter, and has thorns.  Mexican Blue Palm grows upright with fan-like fronds to about 15 feet tall by eight feet across and has cream garlands in the summer.  This is a bold tropical palm and is well suited to containers.
  • Cascalote (Caesalpinta Cacalaco) is a low water use slow to moderate growing evergreen plant native to Mexico.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 20 degrees, creates low litter, and has medium thorns.  Cascalote grows vase-shaped to about 15 feet tall by 15 feet across and has showy yellow flower spikes from winter to spring.  The stunning winter flowers are followed by colorful seed pods.
  • Foothills Palo Verde (Cercidium Microphyllum) is a VERY low water use slow growing semi-evergreen plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates seasonal litter, and has thorns.  Foothills Palo Verde grows shrub-like to about 15 feet tall by 15 feet across and has sulfur yellow flowers in mid to late spring.
  • Kidneywood (Eysenbardtia Orthocarpa) is a low water use moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to southern Arizona and Sonora.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates low litter, and has no thorns.  Kidneywood grows shrub-like to about 15 feet tall by ten feet across and has white flower spikes in the summer.
  • Feather Bush (Lysiloma Microphylla n. Thomberi) is a low water use moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to Arizona and Sonora.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 25 degrees, creates high litter, and has no thorns.  Feather Bush grows shrub-like to about 15 feet tall by 15 feet across and has cream puffballs from late spring to early summer.  This lush plant can be grown as a shrub or tree.
  • Mastic Tree (Pistacia Lenliscus) is a low water use slow growing evergreen plant native to the Mediterranean.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 20 degrees, creates low litter, and has no thorns.  Mastic Tree grows shrub-like to about 15 feet tall by 20 feet across and has green non-showy flowers in the spring.  This plant is great for screening.
  • Texas Ebony (Pitbecellobium Flexicanle) is a VERY low water use slow growing evergreen plant native to south Texas and Mexico.  It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 20 degrees, creates moderate litter, and has thorns.  Texas Ebony grows irregular to about 20 feet tall by 15 feet across and has cream to yellow flowers in late spring to early summer.  This plant has rich green foliage and the bark can sunburn it the tree is overpruned.
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex Agnus-Castus) is a moderate water use moderate growing deciduous plant native to southern Europe.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees, creates moderate litter, and has no thorns.  Chaste Tree grows shrub-like to about 20 feet tall by 20 feet across and has fragrant lavender flower spikes summer to fall.  The seeds of this tree can be hazardous on sidewalks.

These plants can be a great choice for your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite medium trees in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.

Low Water Use Landscaping – SMALL TREES

Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops Huilis)

Small low water use trees can be a great asset to your Tucson Real Estate. In a small patio area, in a tight entry courtyard, and under power lines or low-hanging eves are great places for small trees.  My criteria for a small tree is a tree under 12 feet tall and here are some choices:

  • White Thorn Acacia (Acacia Constricta) is a VERY low water use slow growing semi-evergreen plant native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. It can tolerate full sunlight, is hardy to 5 degrees, creates moderate litter, and medium thorns. White Thorn Acacia grows multi-trunked to about ten feet tall by 15 feet across and has yellow puffballs from spring to summer. This plant attracts birds.
  • Leather-Leaf Acacia (Acacia Craspedocarpa) is a VERY low water use slow to moderate growing evergreen plant native to Australia. It can tolerate full reflected sunlight, is hardy to five degrees, has low litter, and no thorns. Leather-Leaf Acacia grows rounded to about ten feet tall by eight feet across and has yellow puffs from spring to summer.  This plant is great for small spaces or for planting in large containers.
  • Blackbrush Acacia (Acacia Rigidula) is a VERY low water use slow growing evergreen plant native to the Chihuahuan Desert. It can tolerate full sun, is hardy to 20 degrees, has low litter, and medium thorns. Blackbrush Acacia grows shrub-like to about 12 feet tall by 12 feet across and has light yellow spikes in the spring. This plant is effective as a barrier and has attractive gray bark.
  • Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia Lunarioides) is a low water use slow to moderate growing semi-evergreen plant native to the Chihuahuan Desert. It can tolerate full sunlight to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees, has low litter, and no thorns. Anacacho Orchid Tree grows shrub-like to about eight feet tall by six feet across and has white or pink flower clusters from spring to summer. This plant is a great small tree for your patio and has leaves that are shaped like butterflies.
  • Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops Huilis) is a medium water use slow growing evergreen plant native to the Mediterranean area and Africa.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 10 degrees, has low litter, and thorns on the leaves.  Mediterranean Fan Palm grows multi-trunked with fan-like fronds to about ten feet tall by ten feet across and has cream blooms in the summer (I’ve never seen that on mine).  This plant is a great accent plant and grows well in small areas and containers.
  • Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia Speciosa) is a low water use slow growing deciduous plant native to the Chihuahuan Desert.  It can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to 5 degrees, has seasonal litter, and no thorns.  Mexican Buckeye grows shrub-like to about ten feet tall by ten feet across and has rose-pink fragrant flowers in spring.  This plant can be grown as a large shrub or a small patio tree.

These plants can be a great choice for your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite small trees in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.

Low Water Use Landscaping – SUCCULENTS & ACCENTS

Grass Tree (Dasylirion Longissimum)

Here are some possible choices in Succulents and Accents to beautify your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape:

  • Desert Milkweed (Asclepias Subulata) is a VERY low water use moderate growing plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight and is hardy to 20 degrees.  Desert Milkweed grows to about three feet tall by three feet across and its white flower clusters bloom spring through fall.
  • Yellow Bulbine (Bulbine Frutescens) is a fast growing low water use plant native to South Africa.  It prefers partial shade and is hardy to 15 degrees.  Yellow Bulbine grows to about one foot tall by two feet across and its blooms are yellow or orange spikes that arrive winter to spring.
  • Grass Tree (Dasylirion Longissimum) is a low water use slow growing plant native to northeast Mexico.  This plant does well in full sun and is hardy to 15 degrees.  Grass Tree grows to about five feet tall by five feet across and its white to cream flowers bloom in summer.
  • Desert Spoon (Dasylirion Wheeleri)is a low water use moderate growing plant that is native to southern Arizona and the Chihuahuan Desert.  Desert Spoon grows to about four feet tall by four feet across, has tall stalks with cream flowers in late spring to summer, can tolerate full sun, and is hardy to zero degrees.  For shady areas try Dasylirion Acrotriche.
  • Candelilla (Euphorbia Antisyphilitica) is a VERY low water use moderate growing plant that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.  Candelilla grows to about one foot tall by two feet across, is evergreen, has pink and white flowers in spring to summer, does well with full reflected sunlight to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees and does well in containers.
  • Ocotillo (Fouquieria Splendens) is a VERY low water use slow growing deciduous plant that is native to the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mohave deserts.  This plant does well in direct sunlight and is hardy to 10 degrees.  Although it loses its leaves in the winter and has small thorns, the Ocotillo always has a striking silhouette. Ocotillo grows to about 12 feet tall by ten feet across and has red to orange clusters of flowers in the spring that attract hummingbirds.  This is one of my very favorite accent plants.
  • Beargrass (Nolina Microcarpa) is a VERY low water use moderate growing evergreen plant native to the southwest United States and Mexico.  It grows to bout three feet tall by four feet across and the pale green to cream flowers bloom in late spring to early summer.  Beargrass can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to zero degrees and does well in containers.
  • Slipper Flower (Pedilanthus Macrocarpus) is a VERY low water use and moderate growth rate plant native to Baja California and Sonora.  It is evergreen, grows to about three feet tall by three feet across, can tolerate of full sun to partial shade, and is hardy to 25 degrees.  Red slipperlike flowers bloom in late spring to summer and attract hummingbirds.
  • Elephant’s Food (Portulacaria Afra) is moderate growing plant native to South Africa.  This low water use evergreen sprawling shrub does well in full sun to full shade and is hardy to 25 degrees.  Elephant’s Food grows to about three feet tall by four feet across.

These plants can be a great choice to accent your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite accent plants in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.