The Q&A Archives: what to plant is Palm Springs Ca

Question: I have several questions. What plants grow well in Palm Springs? Can I grow orchids there? I want to plant a orange and grapefruit tree. when is the best time? I want the sweet pink grapefruits what is the name of the tree?

Answer: Lots of plants will grow in Palm Springs. Here are a few suggestions:
Acacia; Acacia abyssinica, Abyssinian acacia; Acacia aneura, Mulga; Acacia pendula, Weeping acacia; Acacia salicina, Willow acacia; Acacia stenophylla, Shoestring acacia; Brahea armata, Mexican blue palm; Butia capitata, Pindo Palm;
Caesalpinia cacalaco, Cascalote; Chamaerops humilis, Mediterranean fan palm;
Chorisia speciosa, Silk floss tree; Eucalyptus; Eucalyptus erythrocorys, Red-cap gum/Illyarrie; Eucalyptus formanii, Forman?s Eucalyptus; Eucalyptus leucoxylon, ?Rosea?, White Ironbark; Eucalyptus spathulata, Swamp mallee;
Eucalyptus torquata, Coral Flowered Gum; Eucalyptus woodwardii, Lemom Flowered Gum;
Geijera parviflora, Australian willow; Leucaena retusa, Golden leadball; Lysiloma watsonii, Desert Fern; Olneya tesota, Iron Wood; Phoenix canariensis, Canary Island Date Palm; Phoenix dactylifera, Date Palm; Pistacia lentiscus, Mastic; Pithecellobium flexicaule, Texas Ebony; Quercus virginiana, Southern Live Oak;
Trachycarpus fortunei, Windmill palm.

Asclepias linaria, Pine leaf milkweed; Buddleia marrubifolia, Wooly butterfly bush;
Caesalpinia gilliesii, Desert or Yellow bird of paradise; Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican bird of paradise; Calliandra californica, Red fairy duster; Calliandra eriophylla, Fairy duster; Carissa grandiflora, Natal Plum; Convolvulus cneorum, Bush morning glory; Cordia parvifolia, Littleleaf cordia; Dalea frutescens, Black dalea;
Dalea greggii, Trailing indigo bush; Dalea pulchra, Bush dalea; Dodonaea viscosa, Hop bush; Dodonaea viscosa ?purpurea?, Purple hop bush; Encelia farinosa, Brittlebush; Ericameria laricifolia, Turpentine bush; Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume; Fatsia japonica, Japanese aralia; Feijoa sellowiana, Pineapple guava;
Fouquieria splendens, Ocotillo; Justicia californica, Chuparosa; Justicia candicans, Red Justicia; Justicia spicigera, Mexican honeysuckle; Lantana camara, Bush lantana;
Larrea tridentata, Creosote bush; Leucophyllum candidum, Silver cloud, sage;
Leucophyllum frutescens, Texas ranger/Texas sage; Leucophyllum laevigatum, Chihuahuan sage; Nandina spp., Heavenly bamboo; Rhus ovata, Sugar Bush; Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary; Ruellia peninsularis, Desert ruellia; Salvia; Salvia chaemedryoides, Blue sage; Salvia clevelandii, Chaparral sage; Salvia coccinea, Cherry Red sage; Salvia farinacea, Mealycup sage; Salvia greggii, Autumn sage;
Salvia leucantha, Mexican Bush sage; Santolina spp. Lavender cotton; Simmondsia chinensis, Jojoba; Sophora secundiflora, Texas Mountain Laurel; Sphaeralcea ambigua, Globe Mallow; Tagetes lemmonii, Mountain marigold; Tecoma stans v. angustata, Arizona Yellow Bells; Tecomaria capensis, Cape honeysuckle.

Texas Sweet is the name of the grapefruit and fall is the best time to plant the trees.

Orchids will not grow outdoors because the air is too dry but they will grow indoors where you can control the humidity.

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