Southwestern Deserts

May, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Feather Bush
Despite its common name, feather bush (Lysiloma microphylla v. thornberi) is a Sonoran Desert native that can be grown as a small tree, reaching 15 x 15 feet tall and wide. Lush "feathery" foliage creates a pretty shade canopy. It is cold hardy to 25 degrees F, and takes full sun to partial shade. Although thornless, it does drop considerable litter, so is not a good choice around pools.

Clever Gardening Technique

Don't Seal Pruning Cuts on Trees
It is unnecessary to seal pruning cuts with paints or sealants. They interfere with your tree's natural healing mechanism.

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