Trees & Shrubs

Shrubs & trees are often the bones of a landscape. Plan where they go and then plan around them. They are wind-filters, shade and cool givers, soil makers and guardians, water harvesters.
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Abies concolor
Plants of the Southwest

Abies concolor

$ 3.25

White Fir grows as low as 5,500 ft. in canyons, then in mixed conifer zone about 7,500 ft. and up to 10,500 ft. Thick limbs grow out in layers - silver blue in color and fragrant. Can be 80 ft. tall but often shorter in cultivation. Great numbers grown for Christmas trees. Fall sow or cold stratify 1 month. Zones 3-6.

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Abies lasiocarpa
Plants of the Southwest

Abies lasiocarpa

$ 3.25

Smallest of the firs, Subalpine Fir is a thin 40 ft. spire that grows near alpine meadows. Dark purple cones at the top of these trees point up and as with all the firs the cone scales fall apart to release the seeds devoured by animals and birds. The foliage is munched by mountain sheep and deer. Fall sow or cold stratify 1 month. Zones 2-6.

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Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica
Plants of the Southwest

Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica

$ 3.25

Corkbark Fir is a variety of Subalpine Fir and they intergrade. Because of its corky bark it is loved as an ornamental. First noticed by the classifiers in the San Francisco Mountains near Flagstaff. Fall sow or cold stratify 1 month. Zones 2-7.

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Acer grandidentatum
Plants Of The Southwest

Acer grandidentatum

$ 3.25

Bigtooth Maple is a small tree to 35 ft. or multi-trunked shrub 8-12 ft. A true hardwood maple that with age can be tapped to make maple syrup! Beautiful red, orange, or yellow autumn leaves. Handsome street tree or for shade. Zones 3-7.

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Agave parryi
Plants Of The Southwest

Agave parryi

$ 3.25

Blue-green, thick and spiny sword-like leaves form a basal rosette about 18" across. After many years, a tall flowering spike can shoot up to 12 ft. After flowering, the mother plant dies. Off-shoots from the base continue to grow, forming a colony. Parry Agave is loved by hummingbirds, thrashers, bees and all insects. Very hardy to -20 F. Sow seed in spring. Zones 5-8.
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Amelanchier alnifolia
Plants of the Southwest

Amelanchier alnifolia

$ 3.25

Serviceberry is a deciduous shrub to 20 ft. with white flowers followed by sweet, blueberry-like berries. Loved by birds. Widespread in the Rocky Mountains. Prune to a small tree or allow suckers to make a thicket. Needs shady location or extra water in arid regions. Sow seed in fall (some seeds may not germinate for a year) or cold stratify 4 months and sow in spring. Protect seedlings with shade and mulch. Zones 2-7.

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Amorpha canescens
Plants of the Southwest

Amorpha canescens

$ 3.25

Leadplant is a wow of a 5 ft. x 5 ft. drought tolerant shrub. Beautiful small, soft, gray leaves run up each stem in bean formation. The spikes of indigo flowers with tiny yellow stamens are stunning in early summer. Soak, starting in hot water, for about 8 hours and sow anytime. Zones 3-8.

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Amorpha fruticosa
Plants of the Southwest

Amorpha fruticosa

$ 3.25

Indigo Bush is a deciduous 4-8 ft. shrub. Stalks of small purple flowers with gold stamens. Butterflies love it. Needs extra moisture in dry areas. Nitrogen fixer. Soak seeds in water 6-8 hours and sow anytime. Zones 3-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Kinnikinnick or Indian Tobacco

$ 3.25

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Plants of the Southwest

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

$ 3.25

Kinnikinnick or Indian Tobacco is an evergreen carpet of glossy, dark green leaves. Small, waxy, pinkish flowers. Brilliant red berries. Needs enriched garden soil. Does not take intense heat. Sow in fall or cold stratify 2 months. Zones 2-7.

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Artemisia cana
Plants of the Southwest

Artemisia cana

$ 3.25

Silver Sage is a freely branching shrub 3-5 ft. with fragrant leaves. That Artemisia fragrance is the West. Classic silver-grey foliage covered with fine hairs. Flowers are yellow but inconspicuous; borne in late summer. Found natively in the Sierra Nevada of California, throughout the Southwest, as far north as Oregon and up into Canada. Very drought tolerant. Sow in fall or spring. Zones 3-7.

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Artemisia filifolia
Plants Of The Southwest

Artemisia filifolia

$ 3.25

Sand Sage is a fragrant, silver-gray, evergreen shrub to 4 ft. with tiny narrow leaves and graceful swirling branches. Tolerates both sandy and clay soils. Sow anytime. Zones 4-8.

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Artemisia frigida
Plants of the Southwest

Artemisia frigida

$ 3.25

Fringed Sage is a mat-forming perennial to 1 ft. with fragrant, fine-textured, silver-grey foliage. Prune to keep mat-like or allow flower stalks to shoot up. Very hardy. Sow anytime. Zones 3-7.

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Artemisia tridentata
Plants of the Southwest

Artemisia tridentata

$ 3.25

Big Sage is a silver-grey evergreen shrub 3-4 ft. tall in New Mexico, up to 6 ft. tall in its northern range. Very rugged. The picture of the Old West. Strongly aromatic foliage. A handsome specimen or foliar accent in your unwatered or watered garden. Inconspicuous flowers. Sow in fall or spring. Zones 3-7.

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Plants of the Southwest

Atriplex canescens

Four-Wing Saltbush

$ 3.25

Atriplex canescens
Plants of the Southwest

Atriplex canescens

$ 3.25

Four-Wing Saltbush is an intricately branched shrub 4-6 ft. tall and broad. Grey foliage. Needs no extra water once established. Female plants produce lots of curious four-winged fruits. Use as wildlife habitat (loved by quail), a specimen plant, a screen or a windbreak. Sow in fall or cold stratify 2-3 months. Zones 4-8.

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Atriplex confertifolia
Atriplex confertifolia
Atriplex confertifolia
Plants Of The Southwest

Atriplex confertifolia

$ 3.25

Shadscale is a handsome gray shrub about 3 ft. tall. The female plant carries the seed through the winter. Great bird habitat and food. Dry plains and mesas. North Dakota to Oregon and south to Mexico. Sometimes in pure stands in Northern Arizona. Sow in fall or cold stratify 2-3 months. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Caesalpinia gilliesii

Yellow Bird of Paradise

$ 3.25

Caesalpinia gilliesii
Plants of the Southwest

Caesalpinia gilliesii

$ 3.25

Yellow Bird of Paradise is a perennial, drought tolerant, deer resistant shrub 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide with rows of small leaflets, big yellow flowers with red sex parts flying out like fiber optic filaments tipped in gold, and big bean-like pods following. Blooms summer through early freezes. Loved by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant seed in fall or cold stratify 1 month. Zones 7-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Celtis reticulata

Netleaf Hackberry

$ 3.25

Celtis reticulata
Plants of the Southwest

Celtis reticulata

$ 3.25

Netleaf Hackberry barely reaches 30 ft. Wonderful tree for small areas. The orange berries are loved by birds. Native Americans crushed and ate the fruit with parched corn. Cold stratify 2-4 months. Zones 5-8.

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Cercocarpus ledifolius
Plants of the Southwest

Cercocarpus ledifolius

$ 3.25

Curl-Leaf Mahogany is an evergreen shrub, 5-15 ft. Small, dark green, leathery leaves are white beneath. Slow growing. Inconspicuous flowers; long, twisted, plume-tailed fruits catch the sunlight in the fall. Hardy and undemanding. Sow in fall or soak seed 8 hours in hydrogen peroxide, stratify for 2-3 months and sow in spring. Zones 4-7.

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Cercocarpus montanus
Plants of the Southwest

Cercocarpus montanus

$ 3.25

Small, wedge-shaped, dark green leaves grow in a dense branching pattern on Mountain Mahogany-- this 6-20 ft. shrub or small tree. Deciduous. Leaves are russet colored and plumed tails emerge from the seed heads in fall. Hardy. Sow seed in fall or soak seed 8 hours in hydrogen peroxide, stratify for 2-3 months and sow in spring. Zones 4-7.

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Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Plants of the Southwest

Chamaebatiaria millefolium

$ 3.25

Fernbush is a tall shrub to 8 ft., and just as broad, with fragrant, fern-like leaves. Columns of small white flowers in midsummer. Attracts bees. Evergreen in warm climates, deciduous in cold climates but releafs in February. Extra water helps but very drought tolerant when well established. Sow in fall or cold stratify 1-2 months and sow in spring. Do not cover the tiny seed. Zones 4-8.

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Chilopsis linearis
Plants of the Southwest

Chilopsis linearis

$ 3.25

Desert Willow is a graceful, deciduous, shrubby tree 10-25 ft. tall and 10-15 ft. wide. Willow-like leaves and showy pink to purple, trumpet-shaped flowers followed by a multitude of long, thin pods. Tolerates heat and drought but occasional deep watering gives better flowering and faster growth. Sow in a well-drained, warm soil. Zones 6-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Chrysothamnus depressus

Dwarf Chamisa or Rabbitbrush

$ 3.25

Chrysothamnus depressus
Plants of the Southwest

Chrysothamnus depressus

$ 3.25

Dwarf Chamisa or Rabbitbrush is a knee high, compact shrub with pale green stems and ivory-yellow flowers in autumn. For any tough spot. Sow anytime. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Chamisa or Rabbitbrush

$ 3.25

Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Plants of the Southwest

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

$ 3.25

Chamisa or Rabbitbrush is a silver-blue, narrow-leaved, deciduous shrub, 3-5 ft. tall and wide. Pungent, yellow flowers in fall. Can prune strongly - blooms on new growth. Sow anytime. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Clematis columbiana

Rocky Mountain Clematis

$ 3.25

Clematis columbiana
Plants of the Southwest

Clematis columbiana

$ 3.25

Rocky Mountain Clematis is an elegant small vine to 10 ft. with spring blooming, almost translucent blue-purple flowers. Clusters of plumed seed in fall. Grows on trees and shrubs in forests and forest clearings. Needs water and likes good soil. Sow in fall or cold stratify and sow in spring. Zones 2-7.

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Clematis ligusticifolia Quick shop
Clematis ligusticifolia
Plants of the Southwest

Clematis ligusticifolia

$ 3.25

Virgin's Bower is an exuberant vine climbing to 20 ft. on trees, fences, trellises (or along the ground). Sprays of small star-shaped flowers bloom in spring. Seeds with silky plumes catch the light of fall. Deciduous, but tendrils give good blockage in winter. Direct seed in fall or cold stratify 2 months. Germination is slow. Zones 3-7.

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Cornus stolonifera
Plants of the Southwest

Cornus stolonifera

$ 3.25

Dogwood is a deciduous shrub, 3-6 ft. tall and wide, with clusters of tiny white flowers and white berries in the fall. Bright red branches - great winter accent. Pliable stems used in basketry. Sow in fall or cold stratify 3 months. Zones 3-7.

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Cupressus arizonica Quick shop
Cupressus arizonica
Plants of the Southwest

Cupressus arizonica

$ 3.25

Arizona Cypress grows in Mexico coming north in canyons to Arizona and New Mexico 3,500 - 8,000 ft. Its leaves are tiny scales. It has a wonderful inch-round cone with armor plates that open to release a hundred small seeds. Beautiful blue tree to 40 ft., reddish bark checkering with age. Drought tolerant. Related to Monterey Cypress and Italian Cypress. Fall sow or cold stratify 1 month. Zones 5-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Dalea formosa

Feather Dalea

$ 3.25

Dalea formosa
Plants of the Southwest

Dalea formosa

$ 3.25

Feather Dalea is a compact woody shrub 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide with delicate feathery leaves and tiny bicolored pea flowers - purple and yellow and fuzzy all at once. Grows in dry rocky or sandy soils from 3,000 to 7,000 feet. Very drought tolerant but water deeply occasionally if the rains don't come. Sow in fall or cold stratify. Zones 5-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Dasiphora fruticosa

Shrubby Cinquefoil

$ 3.25

Dasiphora fruticosa
Dasiphora fruticosa
Dasiphora fruticosa
Plants of the Southwest

Dasiphora fruticosa

$ 3.25

Shrubby Cinquefoil is covered by small, yellow flowers all summer. Native to the mountains, this 3 ft. deciduous shrub has found its way into landscaping all over the world at every elevation. Improved soil, regular water. Fall sow or cold stratify 2 months and sow in spring. Zones 2-7.

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Plants of the Southwest

Dasylirion wheeleri

Sotol or Desert Spoon

$ 3.25

Dasylirion wheeleri
Plants of the Southwest

Dasylirion wheeleri

$ 3.25

Sotol or Desert Spoon has ribbon-like leaves to 3 ft. edged with hooked thorns. Creamy white flowers in May and June on a spike that can grow to 12 ft. and looks wonderful all season. Pulling off leaves at the base gives you the "desert spoon." Sow in spring. Zones 6-9.

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Ephedra nevadensis
Plants of the Southwest

Ephedra nevadensis

$ 3.25

Mormon Tea is a slow-growing shrub (1-2 ft. x 2-4 ft.) with bright green almost leafless stems, tiny leaves and yellow male cones. Fine landscape plant and for making tea. Not hardy above 7,000 ft. Fall sow or cold stratify 1 month. Zones 5-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Escobaria vivipara

Pincushion Cactus

$ 3.25

Escobaria vivipara
Plants of the Southwest

Escobaria vivipara

$ 3.25

Pincushion cactus is a small cactus 8" with red and white spines that blooms in summer with big yellow centered, pink petaled, lustrous flowers. Charming for us and open house for little nectar collectors. Sow outdoors anytime or indoors in bright light in sand or sandy loam, covering very lightly. Slow growing. Zones 4-9.

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Fallugia paradoxa
Plants of the Southwest

Fallugia paradoxa

$ 3.25

White-rose flowers cover this plant in the summer. Beautiful, pink, plumed, silky seed heads form afterwards. Apache Plume is a deciduous, multi-branched shrub from 3-6 ft. tall. Drought tolerant & hardy. Excellent ornamental. Takes pruning - blooms on new growth. Fall sow or cold stratify. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Fendlera rupicola

Cliff Fendlerbush

$ 3.25

Fendlera rupicola
Plants of the Southwest

Fendlera rupicola

$ 3.25

Cliff Fendlerbush is a delicate shrub to 6 ft. with many sweet-scented, white, 2" flowers in spring. Rupicola means lover of rocks - it grows along rocky hillsides and in canyons. Browsed by deer. Heat tolerant. Sow in fall or stratify for 1-2 months and sow in spring. Zones 4-7.

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Forestiera pubescens
Plants of the Southwest

Forestiera pubescens

$ 3.25

New Mexico Privet is a deciduous shrub to 20 ft. with delicate leaves turning yellow in fall. Pruning creates an open, airy tree form; if left to sprout at the base, it fills out for dense screening that can be hedged to any height. Pest resistant. Tiny yellow flowers bloom before leaves emerge. Both male and female plants are needed for berries to form. Attracts birds. Sow seed in fall or cold stratify. Zones 4-8.

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Holodiscus dumosus
Plants of the Southwest

Holodiscus dumosus

$ 3.25

Cliff Spirea is a mountain shrub to 7 ft. with sprays of white flowers in spring. Grows in rocky or gravelly soils. Widely used ornamental. Fall sow or cold stratify 2-4 months. Zones 4-7.

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Plants Of The Southwest

Juniperus deppeana

Alligator Juniper

$ 3.25

Juniperus deppeana
Juniperus deppeana
Juniperus deppeana
Plants Of The Southwest

Juniperus deppeana

$ 3.25

Dry hills 4,500-8,000 ft. elevation, growing 20-40 ft. tall. If its trunk is more than 3 ft. in diameter it may have seen the last millennium. Beautiful plated bark. Dense foliage. Please plant Alligator Juniper for the next millennium. Gordon planted two at our office 20 years ago. They are 15 ft. already. Fall sow or cold stratify 1-4 months. Zones 5-8.

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Juniperus monosperma
Plants of the Southwest

Juniperus monosperma

$ 3.25

One-Seed Juniper grows at 3,500 - 7,000 ft. elevation in N. Arizona and New Mexico often with pinon pine. Tough, deep rooted tree. The main source of early spring pollen allergies but since the sexes are on different trees only half the trees (male) offend. Used by more ingenious, earlier peoples for everything - medicine, gum, dye, blankets, shoes, food and fuel. Fall sow or cold stratify 1-4 months. Zones 5-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Juniperus scopulorum

Rocky Mountain Juniper

$ 3.25

Juniperus scopulorum
Plants of the Southwest

Juniperus scopulorum

$ 3.25

Rocky Mountains west to Nevada, east to Oklahoma and the Dakotas. Upright to weeping, elegant 20 - 30 ft. tree with blue foliage, edible berries for us and other wildlife, and wood that lasts forever as posts and is fragrant in the fire. Plant Rocky Mountain Juniper outside for nature to follow its course; germination is improved with 3 months in warm, just damp soil followed by 3 months cold stratification. Zones 3-8.

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Krascheninnikovia lanata
Plants of the Southwest

Krascheninnikovia lanata

$ 3.25

Winterfat is a 1-3 ft. tall shrub with ornamental woolly, white seed heads in the fall - exciting in dried arrangements. Attracts birds and is an excellent winter feed for livestock. Tolerates alkaline soils. Do try this plant - it's an eye-catcher. Sow seed in fall or early spring. Zones 3-8.

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Larrea tridentata
Plants of the Southwest

Larrea tridentata

$ 3.25

Creosotebush is an evergreen desert shrub from 4-8 ft. high and wide with bright green, glossy foliage. One of the most abundant plants of the Southwest. Extremely drought tolerant. Useful as a screen or windbreak. Attracts honey bees. Sow in spring. Nick seed coat with a knife or puncture with a needle to allow water in and soak 8 hours. Germination is erratic. Put a handful of leaves in the shower for their fragrance. Zones 7-9.

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Lycium pallidum
Plants of the Southwest

Lycium pallidum

$ 3.25

Wolfberry is a thorny, twisty shrub, 3-6 ft. tall and wide. Indicates ancient campsites. Green-lavender blooms, hawkmoth pollinated, become edible (to us, birds, wolves etc.) orange berries. Very drought tolerant but would thrive on a little extra water. Cold stratify 2 months. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Mahonia haematocarpa

Desert Holly or Redberry Mahonia

$ 3.25

Mahonia haematocarpa
Plants of the Southwest

Mahonia haematocarpa

$ 3.25

Desert Holly or Redberry Mahonia is a holly-like evergreen shrub, 12 ft. tall and wide. Very cold hardy. A host of fragrant yellow flowers, then stunning coral red berries in fall for jelly and birds. Fine wildlife habitat. Sow in fall or cold stratify. Zones 4-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Mahonia repens

Creeping Mahonia

$ 3.25

Mahonia repens
Plants of the Southwest

Mahonia repens

$ 3.25

Creeping Mahonia is a water-loving to start, drought-tolerant once established, evergreen shrublet to 1 ft. with holly-like leaves that are purple-maroon in winter. Yellow, bell-shaped flowers and edible berries. Sow in fall or cold stratify 1-3 months. Zones 3-8.

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Nolina microcarpa
Plants of the Southwest

Nolina microcarpa

$ 3.25

Beargrass is a 3 foot tall evergreen with a multitude of long, kneeled leaves. Very tolerant of drought and poor soils. Soak seed overnight and sow in spring. Zones 6-9.

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Opuntia imbricata Quick shop
Opuntia imbricata
Opuntia imbricata
Opuntia imbricata
Plants Of The Southwest

Opuntia imbricata

$ 3.25

Tree Cholla is 6 ft. tall, often as broad. A spiny guardian for any gate and for many birds' nests (the curved bill thrasher, cactus wren...). Big purple-red flowers are jewels of summer. Fruits are edible, if dry, and the woody skeleton is ornamental. Needs very warm soils to germinate. Zones 5-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Philadelphus microphyllus

Littleleaf Mockorange

$ 3.25

Philadelphus microphyllus
Plants of the Southwest

Philadelphus microphyllus

$ 3.25

Littleleaf Mockorange has masses of white flowers, delightfully fragrant like orange blossoms, June to August. A fine-textured shrub with slender twigs, brown and white bark, and small silvery leaves. Hardy to 9,000 ft. Sow in fall or cold stratify 1-2 months. Zones 4-7.

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Plants of the Southwest

Picea engelmannii

Engelmann Spruce

$ 3.25

Picea engelmannii
Plants of the Southwest

Picea engelmannii

$ 3.25

Engelmann Spruce along with Subalpine Fir forms the climax forest - a stable, self-perpetuating community - between 9,500 smf 11,500 ft. but it does grow lower into the aspens. At times all alone, its dark, dark green forms grow 50-100 ft., and the forest floor beneath is covered with its soft purply cones. Plant out - no pretreatment needed.

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Picea pungens glauca
Plants of the Southwest

Picea pungens glauca

$ 3.25

Blue Spruce grows at 8,000 - 11,500 ft. near Engelmann Spruce but it is more silvery and blue, has longer, sharper needles, bigger cones and grey bark. Hailed as the most beautiful evergreen, it has traveled the world. As a grown-up, it is drought tolerant at 7,000 ft., but at lower elevations give it extra water winter and summer. Plant out - no pretreatment needed. Zones 2-7.

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Plants of the Southwest

Pinus aristata

Bristlecone Pine

$ 3.25

Pinus aristata
Plants of the Southwest

Pinus aristata

$ 3.25

With prickly cones and branches dense with needles - that have white dots of resin - Bristlecone Pine grow 7,500 ft. to treeline and give gnarled testimony to the harsh weather and their great age - 5,000 years old. They and Creosotebush are among the oldest living creatures. Wonderful bonsai look. Grows slowly 30-60 ft. No pretreatment necessary though cold stratification for 1 month may help. Zones 2-7.

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Plants of the Southwest

Pinus contorta

Lodgepole Pine

$ 3.25

Pinus contorta
Plants of the Southwest

Pinus contorta

$ 3.25

Lodgepole Pine is tall and slender, used by the Indians for tepee or lodge poles. The heat of a forest fire opens the cones to expose the seed. Then the pines grow thickly together in same-age stands, all to about 70 ft. No pretreatment necessary though up to 2 months cold stratification may help. Zones 3-7.

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Pinus edulis
Plants of the Southwest

Pinus edulis

$ 3.25

Pinon Pine is New Mexico's state tree. Beloved for its delicious nuts which come abundantly on their own schedule, and for its rugged durability and beauty. At 7,000 ft. it does not require any extra water, at 5,000 ft. it does. Grows 12 - 30 ft. tall and wide. Food, fuel and home to many of us. Plant in fall - no treatment needed though sometimes 1-2 months cold stratification helps. Zones 3-7.

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Pinus ponderosa
Pinus ponderosa
Pinus ponderosa
Plants Of The Southwest

Pinus ponderosa

$ 3.25

Ponderosa Pine is the most common and widely distributed of the western pines (7,000-10,000 ft.); one of the nation's most beautiful conifers. Long needles, soft appearance, vanilla smelling bark, fast growing, 2 ft. a year, (once established) to 100 ft. Sow in fall or stratify seed 1-2 months. Zones 3-7.

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Prunus americana
Prunus americana
Prunus americana
Plants of the Southwest

Prunus americana

$ 3.25

Wild Plum is the only plum native to the Southwest. Covered with white flowers in spring. Grows in mountain fields and along ditches and fences. Small tree or shrub (if allowed to sucker) to 10 ft. Good hide-out for animals. Delicious, miniature plums. Sow in fall or stratify 4 months and sow in spring. Zones 3-7.

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Plants of the Southwest

Prunus pumila

Western Sand Cherry

$ 3.25

Prunus pumila
Plants of the Southwest

Prunus pumila

$ 3.25

Western Sand Cherry is a hardy, deciduous, shrub from 3-8 ft., with shiny leaves and pink-white blossoms followed by sweet, dark fruits that attract birds and make tasty jelly. Crimson fall color. Plant in fall or cold stratify 3 months. Zones 3-7.

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Prunus virginiana
Plants of the Southwest

Prunus virginiana

$ 3.25

Chokecherry is an elegant, 12-20 ft. tree with clusters of white flowers followed by black berries - great for making jelly and attracting wildlife. Prune suckers at the base or let them fill in if using as a screen. Sow seed in fall or cold stratify 4 months and sow in spring. Zones 3-7.

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Pseudotsuga menziesii
Plants of the Southwest

Pseudotsuga menziesii

$ 3.25

Douglas Fir is prized for its lumber this soft beauty can tower to 130 ft. Grows from 6,000 - 10,000 ft. Water when planting at lower elevations. Identified by the little papery trident between each scale of the cone. Fall sow or cold stratify 1-2 months.

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Psorothamnus scoparius
Plants of the Southwest

Psorothamnus scoparius

$ 3.25

Broom Dalea is a mounding, 3-4 ft. shrub with leafless grey stems topped by masses of small, fragrant, dark purple pea-like flowers in summer. Native range from El Paso to Albuquerque and from the Rio Grande Valley to 6,000 ft. A good bee plant and nitrogen fixer. Sow anytime in a well-drained, sandy soil. Zones 6-8.

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Ptelea trifoliata
Plants of the Southwest

Ptelea trifoliata

$ 3.25

Wafer Ash is a small tree to 10 ft. Perfect courtyard tree. Lemon-scented, ash-like leaves are bright green. Charming branch pattern and papery oval seed. The seed gave Wafer Ash its name. A cold hardy relative of citrus trees. Sow in fall or cold stratify 3 months and sow in spring. Zones 3-7.

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Purshia mexicana
Plants of the Southwest

Purshia mexicana

$ 3.25

Cliffrose is a rugged, intricately branched shrub to 6 ft. Small, dark, evergreen leaves. In the summer, yellow, fragrant flowers appear and long, silky plumes cover the plant in fall. Heat and cold hardy. Slow growing. Sow in fall or soak seed in hydrogen peroxide for 6 hours, cold stratify 2 months and sow in spring. Germination is erratic. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Purshia tridentata

Antelope Bitterbrush

$ 3.25

Purshia tridentata
Plants of the Southwest

Purshia tridentata

$ 3.25

In the spring, this 4 ft. shrub covers itself with small, yellow flowers resembling wild roses. The leaves of Antelope Bitterbrush are tiny and evergreen. Cold hardy. Closely related to Cowania, both very interesting landscape plants. Browsed by deer. Sow seed in fall or soak seed for 6 hours in hydrogen peroxide, cold stratify 2-3 months & sow in spring. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

$ 3.25

Rhus glabra
Plants of the Southwest

Rhus glabra

$ 3.25

Smooth Sumac is a large shrub 4-6 ft. tall, often tree-like, can form thickets. Big compound leaves turn red for 2 months in fall. Terminal clusters of small white flowers become striking heads of red berries in fall. Attracts birds. Impressive ornamental. Fall sow or soak seed 8 hours in water, cold stratify 3 months and sow in spring. Zones 4-8.

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Rhus microphylla

Small Leaved Sumac

$ 3.25

Rhus microphylla
Plants of the Southwest

Rhus microphylla

$ 3.25

Spikes of tiny white flowers in early summer turn to 1/4" orange-red fruits with that tangy lemon flavor. Small Leaved Sumac is excellent wildlife habitat and forage. Dark, beautiful evergreen shrub to 10 ft. tall and broader still. Sow in fall or soak seed 8 hours in water and cold stratify 3 months before spring planting. Zones 6-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Rhus trilobata

Three-Leaf Sumac

$ 3.25

Rhus trilobata
Plants of the Southwest

Rhus trilobata

$ 3.25

Three-Leaf Sumac is a deciduous shrub to 6 ft. and just as broad, although more commonly 3-4 ft. tall and wide. Leaves are divided into 3 leaflets that turn rich red-orange in the fall. Tart red berries can be used to make a lemon-flavored drink. Attracts birds. This powerful shrub of the High Plains is tolerant of poor soils and drought. Sow in fall or soak seed 8 hours in water and cold stratify 3 months before spring planting. Zones 3-8.

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Ribes aureum

Golden Currant

$ 3.25

Ribes aureum
Plants of the Southwest

Ribes aureum

$ 3.25

Golden Currant is a deciduous shrub to 6 ft. with fragrant, golden yellow flowers in early spring. Delicious yellow-orange to red-black currants in summer. Leave currants on shrub to become the best raisins ever eaten - if the birds don't beat you to them. Small, bright green, maple-like leaves with lovely fall color. Excellent ornamental, tolerates a wide variety of cultural conditions, likes regular water. Sow in fall and mulch seed bed lightly or cold stratify for 3 months and sow in spring. Zones 3-8.

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Ribes cereum
Plants of the Southwest

Ribes cereum

$ 3.25

Wax currant grows to 3 ft. tall without spines, greenish white flowers, bright red berries and fall color. Flowers May to July. 6,500-9,500 ft. elevation. Loved by wildlife. Full sun to part shade. Low to moderate water. Zones 3-8.

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Plants Of The Southwest

Ribes leptanthum

Trumpet Gooseberry

$ 3.25

Ribes leptanthum
Plants Of The Southwest

Ribes leptanthum

$ 3.25

Trumpet Gooseberry is a 3-6 ft. spiny shrub that has white flowers followed by purple black berries. Its tasty fruit is eaten by birds and seed collectors. Luckily, we didn't eat them all before we could introduce them to you! Sow in fall or cold stratify 120 days. Zones 4-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Robinia neomexicana

New Mexico Locust

$ 3.25

Robinia neomexicana
Plants of the Southwest

Robinia neomexicana

$ 3.25

New Mexico Locust is a small, thorny tree (8-15 ft.) with pink flowers on drooping racemes. Can take strong pruning. Attractive landscape tree for small spaces. Suckers form clumps good for erosion control. Tolerates alkaline soil. Fixes nitrogen. Scarify seed by nicking with file, soak overnight in water and sow anytime. Zones 3-8.

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Rosa woodsii
Plants of the Southwest

Rosa woodsii

$ 3.25

Fragrant, pink, single rose, blooms profusely. Woods Rose is a freely suckering native from 3-4 ft. tall and wide. Unlike almost all roses can bloom in full shade as well as full sun. Steep the rose hips for tea or make into jelly; a delicious source of vitamin C. Fall sow or cold stratify 2 months. Zones 3-8.

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Shepherdia argentea

Silver Buffaloberry

$ 3.25

Shepherdia argentea
Plants of the Southwest

Shepherdia argentea

$ 3.25

Silver Buffaloberry is a silver-grey, deciduous shrub or small tree, 6-10 ft. Soft color makes a fine accent. Forms a hedge when closely planted. The female shrubs produce bright scarlet, glossy, berry-like fruits in profusion. Tart, mealy berries make good jelly. Attracts birds. Tough but water regularly for good growth. Sow seed in fall or cold stratify 2-3 months and sow in spring. Zones 3-8.

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Simmondsia chinensis
Plants of the Southwest

Simmondsia chinensis

$ 3.25

Jojoba is a mounding, evergreen desert shrub, 4-8 ft. high and wide. Oil from the seed used in cosmetics and as a lubricant. Mature plants are hardy to 15 F, but seedlings are sensitive to frost. Sow in late spring. Zones 8-9.

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Vitis arizonica
Plants of the Southwest

Vitis arizonica

$ 3.25

Canyon Grape is a native grape first cultivated by Pueblo Indians. The fruit makes delicious preserves and wine. Usually found growing along streams. Leaves turn stunning shades of red in the fall. Sow in fall or cold stratify 4 months and plant in spring. Zones 5-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Yucca baccata

Broadleaf Yucca

$ 3.25

Yucca baccata
Plants of the Southwest

Yucca baccata

$ 3.25

Broadleaf Yucca has short clumps of tough, sword-like leaves. 2 ft. long clusters of flowers in summer, red-brown outside and white inside. Yucca fiber was used to make rope, shoes and baskets. Sow seed in fall or cold stratify. Zones 3-8.

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Plants of the Southwest

Yucca elata

Soap Tree Yucca

$ 3.25

Yucca elata
Plants of the Southwest

Yucca elata

$ 3.25

Soap Tree Yucca is the state flower of New Mexico. A tree-like yucca with a definite trunk 6-8 ft. tall. In the late summer it shoots up the tallest flower stalk of the yuccas. Creamy white, lily-like flowers. Sow seed in fall or cold stratify. Zones 4-9.

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Plants of the Southwest

Yucca glauca

Narrowleaf Yucca

$ 3.25

Yucca glauca
Plants of the Southwest

Yucca glauca

$ 3.25

Narrowleaf Yucca is stemless with stiff, narrow, sword-like, evergreen leaves that fan out from the base. The greenish white flowers are borne on long, narrow spikes to 4 ft. All the yuccas contain saponin - a natural hair cleanser. Sow in fall or cold stratify. Zones 3-8.

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