Jacaranda trees have beautiful purple flowers and large leaves. They are excellent shade trees, which is vital in extremely hot Arizona. These trees are native to Brazil. However, the best place in Arizona for these trees in Phoenix. They are most commonly used at golf courses. Keep in mind that only trees that are over eight years old will flower. If planted inside, they will not bloom.
Red Bird of Paradise grows quickly and can grow to ten feet tall in areas with no frost. The plant's spread will be approximately equal to its height. This plant grows best in Tuscon, Arizona. It is heat resistant and requires full sun. Be aware that it will drop its leaves if the temperature drops below freezing. This plant will only flower once it reaches about four years old. It flowers from March to October.
Hong Kong orchid trees grow well in low desert areas like Phoenix, Arizona. They can grow up to 30 feet or be cut down into a shorter tree or bush. Orchid trees can be grown as shrubs or a tree. To encourage them to grow tall like trees, you must prune them regularly and use stakes. For the first 90 days, you need to water these trees 1.5 hours a day; then, you can follow a regular watering schedule.
Bottle trees grow best in Phoenix and southern areas in Arizona. During the early and late spring, the tree grows gorgeous bell-shaped flowers that can be white or pink. Keep in mind that this tree drops its leaves before flowering. One of the benefits of this plant is that it makes an excellent shade tree. They can grow to be as tall as 50 feet. Bottle trees grow slowly and require a moderate amount of water.
Radiation lantana comes in brilliant shades of orange, red, and yellow. The flower's bright colors attract hummingbirds and butterflies while resistant to pests and deer. Lantana flowers will also act as a mosquito repellent for your yard. This shrub only grows to be about five feet and grows well in Tuscon, Arizona. It will flower in the spring, summer, and fall. Radiation lantana likes intense heat and will grow well in planters.
Coral Gum Eucalyptus trees have pink or rose-colored blossoms with purple or red pods. It is a relatively small tree and will only reach a maximum height of 35 feet. After planting from seed, it takes this tree two years to be established well enough to flower. It will have flowers year-round, with most blossoms appearing during late spring, summer, and the early fall. Unlike many of the desert plants on this list, coral gum eucalyptus trees are frost and heat resistant.
Mexican honeysuckle has bright orange flowers and grows exceptionally well in warm climates like Arizona. One of this shrub's most significant benefits is that it will flower all year long, provided it is warm enough. This plant will give blossoms during its first year. However, it won't reach its full blossoming potential until about three years after it is planted. Even though it lacks fragrance, it will attract hummingbirds.
Southern magnolia trees are commonly grown in Mesa, Phoenix, and Queen's Creek. They do well in heat up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit and are frost resistant. A downside to these plants is that they can take as long as ten years before they blossom. However, the wait is well worth the show it puts on. Magnolia trees flower between May and June. In Phoenix, they can grow to be as tall as 50 feet.
Katie Ruellia flowers come in pink, purple, or white. It is a small shrub, only growing up to 10 inches tall with a twelve-inch spread. Its small size means it reaches maturity within two months and will flower at this point. This plant is native to Mexico and the Southern United States. In Phoenix, it likes to be kept in areas with a little bit of shade. This shrub uses little water once it is established and requires little maintenance. It prefers partial to full sun, and cutting it back in the wintertime will encourage better growth.
Desert willows are native to the Southwest United States and the Mojave desert. They prefer to be grown at more than 4900 feet above sea level elevations. The blossoms are dark purple or pink, with a streak of yellow or white color running through them. You can see these flowers during the time between spring and fall. It grows about 13 inches annually and will take approximately 15 to 20 years to achieve its full height.