Flowering Desert Trees for Arizona

Flowering Desert Trees for Arizona

By Rick Delk on July, 12 2019
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Add Color to your Arizona Landscape

So, here's a scenario: You've just bought a house in the middle of summer and in a brand-new development in Arizona, and while the house is gorgeous inside and has everything you ever wanted in your home, you look outside and all you have is an empty dirt lot and an ugly concrete block wall. Since you bought it in Arizona, you know that you're about to get into the hot months and your yard looks more like the Sahara Desert than the tropical oasis you had imagined.

What kind of trees can you plant now that will survive the summer heat in the months to come and give you some shade and some pretty flowers to look at? Here at Moon Valley Nurseries, we have thousands of different trees that will fit your need! The first tree you'll notice if you drive around the Valley is the Oleander.

Best Flowering Desert Trees 


The Oleander (Nerium oleander) is an evergreen desert tree. Normally found in shrub form, we've selectively pruned the species to turn them into single trunk and multi-trunk trees!

Dating back to the Roman era, Oleanders were found on wall paintings in Pompeii. These trees are one of the hardiest plants grown here in the Arizona desert. They bloom in a variety of colors, including red, white, and pink, and can be used to make a great privacy hedge or used as a small patio tree.

Oleanders are extremely easy to care for, and homeowners love how low maintenance and drought-tolerant these trees can be. They thrive in the full sun, and once established, they require little or no watering! These Mediterranean fast-growing trees feature dark, waxy, glossy leaves that stay green for you year-round, and provide flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies!

crape myrtle

While Oleanders are amazing additions to any landscape, maybe it's not your thing, and you're looking for something more "medium-sized" with some color? The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is the tree for you! This ornamental desert tree thrives in the Arizona summer heat and provides large, long-lasting blooms throughout the hot months. Since it is a deciduous tree, you will have a onetime clean-up in the cold months. Even when the tree is bare, it will look beautiful, as it has a spotted gray bark that can shed to reveal a light pink inner bark. The Crape Myrtle is drought-tolerant, and cold hardy, with large clusters of delicate blooms that will add softness to your yard, and Moon Valley Nurseries has varieties of Crape Myrtle in shades of red, white, purple and pink!

Crape Myrtle isn't tall enough? Are you looking for something large (and in charge)? How about the tree that everybody knows (even if they can’t always remember the name)? Yes, I'm talking about none other than the Museum Palo Verde.


The Museum Palo Verde tree is the perfect tree, especially when it comes to shade due to their significant growth and wide-spreading canopy. This variety is a hybrid of two different, older Palo Verde species. The result was the best of both worlds! The Museum Palo Verde has a fuller, vibrant yellow flowering display with a brighter green trunk. The best part of our hybrid variety is that it produces ZERO thorns. They are easy to see why this is becoming one of our most popular trees in the Valley of the Sun. Get the best hybrid variety of the Arizona state tree in your yard today.

Whatever your style, Moon Valley Nurseries has the size, age, and price that fits every budget and all projects. We value engineer all our trees - putting the largest trees in the smallest container while passing on the savings to you!

Easy Financing Options for Everybody

In addition to being the largest specimen tree grower in the country, we offer ZERO interest financing for 12 months, and stand behind our products, including a 90-day shock transplant warranty on everything we plant, with the option to protect your plants for a full year!

So, come on down and let one of our lead designers turn your blank canvas into the desert oasis you've been dreaming of!

Ask our nursery professionals about our flexible financing and get your dream landscape started!


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