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Water Wise Trees

In addition to most desert varieties, there are many types of trees and palms that can thrive in drought-like conditions with minimal or no additional water. These varieties are ideal for water conscious gardeners yet can provide surprising greenery and color in most landscapes. Given our recent climate conditions, being waterwise is more important than ever.

Types of Water Wise Trees

Ficus 'Indian Laurel'

Ficus 'Indian Laurel'

Ficus nitida

Ficus nitida is one of the best trees you can plant. Great for any landscape. Our number one seller for over 20 years.

Indian Laurel Columns

Indian Laurel Columns

Ficus nitida columns

A popular choice for making an evergreen privacy hedge to block out unwanted views, noise, and help create your own private escape.

Sissoo

Sissoo

Dalbergia sissoo

Drought tolerant, large shade-providing tree with bright green foliage. Sissoo has an Aspen-like look and thrives in warmer areas.

Tipu

Tipu

Tipuana tipu

One of, if not the best shade tree you can plant on your property. Colorful, Tipu Tree's provide great shade and year-round beauty.

Manzanillo Olive

Manzanillo Olive

Olea europaea 'Manzanillo'

Manzanillo olives are a picturesque, high quality fruit producing tree with a billowing crown and a gnarled trunk that make it one of the most desirable plants for dry climates. These ancient trees have been grown since ancient times and thrive in the hea

Mission Olive

Mission Olive

Olea europaea 'Mission'

Mission Olive trees originated in Southern California in the mid-1700’s and have grown in popularity for their Spanish style oil. ​

Fruitless Olive

Fruitless Olive

Olea europaea 'Wilsonii'

Fruitless Olive trees produce large amounts of shade to any area, grow to be a hardy medium size and acclimate fantastically to Western climates.

Italian Cypress

Italian Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens

Italian Cypress are native to the Mediterranean, grow tall, straight evergreen columns for an exceptionally formal look.

Museum Palo Verde

Museum Palo Verde

Cercidium-parkinsonia hybrid

A very fast growing water wise hybrid version of the classic Palo Verde. Bright yellow, showy blooms in spring

Chilean Mesquite

Chilean Mesquite

Prosopis chilenis

Naturally a fast grower, Hybrid Mesquites will naturally spread out quickly. These are very durable trees that will cover lots of space quickly and provide massive amounts of shade.

African Sumac

African Sumac

Rhus lancea

A wide spreading, durable & fast-growing shade provider that has a large, stately appearance and thrives in intense heat or cold.

Live Oak

Live Oak

Quercus virginiana

The Live Oak is a remarkable evergreen specimen native to the Western U.S. and extremely hardy in warmer climates.

Eldarica Pine

Eldarica Pine

Pinus eldarica

The Eldarica pine is a very hardy pine used in the West, growing faster than other pine tree varieties and providing wonderful shade and ambiance .

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia

This extremely colorful, stylish tree makes a perfect choice for color lovers! One of the very few landscape favorites.that provide summer color.

Vitex

Vitex

Vites angus-castus

Small to medium sized flowering tree that can grow into a small spreading shade tree and has a fantastic flower display that appear as spikes of purple flowers at every growth tip on the tree.

Willow Acacia

Willow Acacia

Acacia salicina

Unique silver-blue leaves with a slightly weeping appearance make this tree useful for many landscape styles.

Desert Willow

Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis

Greatly resembling a Willow, they are small to medium trees with beautiful multi-colored flowers in cycles spring through fall.

Shoestring Acacia

Shoestring Acacia

Acacia stenophylla

Another unique water wise tree. This extremely fast growing Australian native provides a dramatic weeping effect with a tall columnar growth habit.

Mulga Acacia

Mulga Acacia

Acacia aneura

The Mulga Acacia is an evergreen desert tree used in many landscape styles for its unique foliage, smaller size, and showy golden flowers

Sweet Acacia

Sweet Acacia

Acacia smallii

This drought tolerant Sonoran native is well known for its beautiful and aromatic blooms during early spring.

Acacia Saligna

Acacia Saligna

Acacia saligna

These Acacias grow a very wide umbrella-shaped canopy that provides filtered shade year round. They are a very fast growing tree with great durability to heat and cold.

California Pepper

California Pepper

Schinus molle

This large evergreen tree provides the incredible weeping appearance of a traditional Weeping Willow and uses a quarter of the water and keeps its leaves all year long.

Brazilian Pepper

Brazilian Pepper

Schinus terebinthifolius

An attractive, small evergreen tree that can be planted in tight areas and is designed for a dense, dark green foliage with red peppercorns.

Sycamore

Sycamore

Platanus wrightii

The Sycamore Tree is a large, majestic tree with a spreading canopy, large deciduous leaves, and gorgeous white bark that peels back to reveal darker patches.

Strawberry Tree

Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo

Strawberry Trees are medium-sized small evergreen trees. The appearance of both fruits and flowers during winter make it a very popular option for water-wise California landscapes.

Australian Bottle

Australian Bottle

Brachychiton populneus

The Australian Bottle has an upright growth pattern spreading out from its’ upper reaches to form a canopy of bright, shiny-green fluttering leaves. A drought tolerant variety that fits almost any landscape.

Flowering Pear

Flowering Pear

Pyrus calleryana

This bright green tree features a cascade of snow white flowers during early spring with brilliant red fall foliage.

Camphor

Camphor

Cinnamomum camphora

Camphor trees produce an unmistakable and pleasant fragrance while producing abundant amounts of year-round shade.

Carolina Cherry

Carolina Cherry

Prunus caroliniana compacta

Carolina Cherry trees are easy to maintain and work vigorously to provide a year round, dense green foliage commonly used as a hedge.

Carrotwood

Carrotwood

Cupaniopsis anacardioides

Carrotwood trees are known for their unique carrot-like appearance, as the network of trunks twist and turn upwards forming a unique shape.

Arizona Ash

Arizona Ash

Fraxinus velutina

The Arizona Ash is a very large, fast growing tree, providing cooling shade in the summer followed by beautiful yellow leaves in the fall.

Chinese Elm 'True Green'

Chinese Elm 'True Green'

Ulmus parvifolia

For those searching for a large, stately tree that provides maximum shade, this is a tree you definitely want to consider.

Jacaranda

Jacaranda

Jacaranda mimosifolia

The Jacaranda tree is a beautiful, large, and great-for-climbing shade tree grown and nurtured at Moon Valley Nurseries.

Red Push Pistache

Red Push Pistache

Pistacia chinensis

Becoming increasingly popular around the because of their distinctive fall color. Provides fantastic shade during the summer months.

Purple Orchid

Purple Orchid

Bauhinia purpurea

This beautifully structured, showy tropical tree offers rich, exotic pink/purple blooms and provides long-lasting beauty to landscapes.

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora 'D.D. Blanchard'

Magnolia trees add big color and shade anywhere they're planted, bringing a unique and tropical look to your landscape. Blooms produce a beautiful white flower and wonderful fragrance.

Mimosa

Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin

This beautiful rainforest-style tree actually performs very well in the intense sun. Unique pink blooms highlight the tree throughout most of the late spring into early summer.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Spp.

Ultra-fast growing tree native to Australia, Eucalyptus are suitable for many landscape applications and have proven durability, strength & growth.

Australian Willow

Australian Willow

Geijera parviflora

This moderate grower can typically be seen lining streets and gracing neighborhood yards. Its ability to retain water in its leaves make it extremely drought resistant

Chitalpa

Chitalpa

Chitalpa tashkentensis

This is a great water wise choice for those desiring a tree with a softer, greener appearance. Beautiful pink blooms are present from summer through fall.

Liquid Amber

Liquid Amber

Liquidambar styraciflua

Also known as the 'Sweet Gum' this medium to fast grower is popular for its amazing fall color. They are tolerant of limited water and prefer full sun, which is perfect for any water wise landscape.

Mexican Fan Palm

Mexican Fan Palm

Washingtonia robusta

This is one of the best selling and easiest to grow palms that we carry. We have the largest quantity of Mexican Fan Palms.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Punica granatum

These trees are very easy to grow and are extremely well suited to our environment. Boasting beautiful flowers, the Pomegranate tree requires full sun, loves the summer heat and is drought tolerant.

Piru Queen Palm

Piru Queen Palm

Arecastrum romanzoffianum

Exclusively at Moon Valley Nurseries, Piru Queen Palms grow with thicker, harder trunks, greener fronds & fuller crowns.

Pindo Palm

Pindo Palm

Butia capitata

Interesting palm, easily recognized by its striking silver-green, graceful arching fronds. One of the easiest palms to plant and grow.

Sago Palm

Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta

Sago palms add a fantastic and organized look just about anywhere they're planted. Plant multiple specimens for a tropical look.

Mediterranean Palm

Mediterranean Palm

Chamaerops humilis

This dwarf palm usually features multiple trunks, but can also be grown as a single trunk palm. Great for planting in small areas.

Windmill Palm

Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei

Small to medium size palm with excellent tropical appeal. One of the most cold hardy palms available in the market.

Pineapple Palm (Canary Island Date Palm)

Pineapple Palm (Canary Island Date Palm)

Phoenix canariensis

The Canary Island Date Palm is commonly called a pineapple palm because it looks like a pineapple during the first decade of its growth. 

Acacia Bailey

Acacia Bailey

Acacia baileyana

The beautiful, drought tolerant Acacia baileyana tree, also known as Acacia Bailey, thrives in a full sun environment with green, feather-like foliage that grows out like an umbrella. Originating from the North Africa region

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