Answer: Some trees that grow really well in your area include African Sumac, or Rhus lancea, which will grow to about 25 feet tall, and will occupy a circumference of about 15 to 25 feet. Once the tree is established it will require low water usage. It can stand full sun exposure, and will handle cold temperatures of 12 degrees F or above. If planting more than one African Sumac, space at least 15 feet between trees. Another landscape tree that can handle the full sun is the Bottle Tree, Brachychiton populneus, which will require low water usage once it has been established. This desert adaptable tree will grow to 30 to 50 feet, and should be spaced 20 to 30 feet apart. It can handle cold weather down to 20 degrees F. Australian Willow, Geijera parviflora, which will do well in full sun to partial shade. This tree will grow to 25 to 30 feet tall, occupying a circumference of about 20 feet. If planting more than one, space at least 20 feet apart. It can handle cold temperatures down to 10 degrees F. It takes moderate water usage, and will not require fertilizer once it has been established. It is an evergreen, that will produce tiny white flowers during the spring and fall. Another desert landscape tree is the Thornless Palo Verde, Cercidium hybrid ?Desert Museum?, which also likes the full sun. It will grow to a 20 feet height, and requires moderate watering. The Palo Verde will withstand temperatures down to 15 degrees F. Next on our list of landscape trees for our desert is the Silver Dollar Gum, Eucalyptus polyanthemos, which handles full sun, temperatures down to 10 degrees F, and will require low watering once established.
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