Tree Guides

May 25, 2023

Atlas Cedar – May Tree of the Month

Scientific name: Cedrus atlantica Description:  The Atlas Cedar gets its name from the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa. This hardy, evergreen tree is known to live […]
March 24, 2023

Chokecherry – March Tree of the Month

Scientific name: Prunus Virginiana Description:  Chokecherry is a perennial, deciduous, woody, thicket-forming large erect shrub, or small tree. It rarely reaches a height of over 30 feet.  […]
September 29, 2022

Douglas fir

Scientific name: Pseudotsuga menziesii Description: The Douglas fir is the largest native evergreen tree in New Mexico and Arizona. It is the most important timber species in […]
September 19, 2022

Bigtooth Maple

Bigtooth Maple Scientific name: Acer grandidentatum Description: This small-but-mighty, slow-growing tree or shrub is often used in the production of newer, fancier maple cultivars such as the […]
September 7, 2022

Netleaf Hackberry

Scientific name: Celtis laevigata var. reticulata Alternate Names: Western Hackberry, Sugarberry, Paloblanco Description: This small tree or large shrub is common throughout the Southwest and grows to […]
August 31, 2022

Arizona Ash

Arizona Ash is a fantastic desert shade tree and has an enjoyable shape and a (relatively) cool shade in summer. However, it grows to become a […]
August 15, 2022

New Mexico Olive

Scientific name: Forestiera neomexicana Alternate names: New Mexican Privet Description: A deciduous shrub or small tree of the Oleaceae (ash) family. Native to New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and […]
August 8, 2022

Gambel Oak

Scientific name: Quercus Gambelii Alternate Names: Scrub Oak, Rocky Mountain White Oak, Utah White Oak Description: Deciduous large shrub or small tree with rounded crown, often in colonies […]
August 2, 2022

Piñon Pine

Scientific names: Piñon Pine = Pinus edulis  Mexican Piñon = Pinus cembroides Singleleaf Piñon = Pinus monophylla Parry Piñon = Pinus quadrifolia Description: All four species are small […]