Shade Trees & Other Plants
Reduce the effects of heat, both indoors and out
Plan a pleasant environment for clients, customers and staff. Planting the right types of trees and plants can make your business stand out. Use hardy native plants that will thrive with minimal maintenance.
Choosing trees that provide shade will not only make the outside more pleasant in hot weather, but can reduce the total heat load on buildings by cooling the air and limiting direct insolation (solar impact). Studies have shown that the right combination of shade-giving vegetation can reduce power bills. Shade trees can also keep parked cars cool - something your customers will be thankful for.
The lists below provide some examples of Sonoran natives. Woody desert trees, like the Foothills Palo Verde, thrive with less water than high-water exotics.
Shade and other trees
Caption plum:Create your own shade and cooling with a native-Arizona tree
- Blue Palo Verde
- Feather Bush
Lysiloma microphylla v. thornberi
- Foothills Palo Verde
- Velvet Mesquite
- White Thorn Acacia
Caption plum:Use low-water native plants to enhance your landscape
- Engelmann's Hedgehog
- Little-leaf Cordia
- Purple Prickly Pear
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