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Plants Guide

Choosing landscape plants for Tucson, Arizona can be difficult for property owners, especially those who are new to the region. Before you make your plant selection, take some time to familiarize yourself with plants that grow well in Tucson, AZ. Our plants guide contains a blend of native and desert-adapted trees, shrubs, accent plants and ground covers. Browse each plant category listed in the table below.

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Trees Trees 14 Trees Trees are the largest plants in our landscapes and provide the greatest benefits. The following list of trees are good choices for Tucson and low desert regions of Southern Arizona.
Shrubs Shrubs 16 Shrubs Shrubs are a versatile group of plants that help create the basic foundation of a landscape. Select from a list of shrubs with various flower colors and blooming periods.
Accents Accents 13 Accent Plants Accent plants include a variety of cacti, succulents, and ornamental grasses. Accents provide dramatic, sculptural qualities to landscapes in Tucson and the desert Southwest.
Ground Covers Ground Covers 9 Ground Covers Ground covers can be used as an alternative to traditional lawn turf. They cover bare soil and add texture to open spaces. Ground cover plants only grow to about 1 foot in height.

Each plant selected for inclusion in this guide was chosen by our team of landscaping professionals, including horticulturists and landscape designers in Tucson, AZ. This guide is designed to help you realize each plant's potential. You will find detailed information about size, growth rate, flower color, soil and exposure preferences, as well as maintenance and water requirements for each plant.

Landscape Plants that Grow Well in Tucson, AZ

There are many plants available from local nurseries in Tucson, AZ. However, nurseries often sell plants that are inappropriate for this region. This guide is intended to help homeowners, gardeners and property owners identify low-water use, drought-tolerant plants that grow well in Tucson, AZ and low desert regions of Southern Arizona.

Make a list of the plants you like, and think of the uses that you want them to fill. For example, trees help to provide shade on hot summer days. Shrubs provide form and give substance to desert landscapes. Ground covers make an excellent alternative to lawn, and accents add color and interest. A successful landscape contains a mixture of trees, ground covers, shrubs and accent plants.

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