Desert Shrubs & Trees

In the early days of my wildflower identification, I would browse plant guides and try to match the plant in question to an image in the book. Shrubs and trees were always more challenging because they are often dormant, and therefore have no flowers during certain seasons. Some plants are drought deciduous and drop even their leaves in hot and dry weather, further complicating the process. The photos in the wildflower guide might be close-ups, which was not helpful if the shrub I saw wasn't flowering. At those times I wished for a guide that would illustrate the shrub or tree at various times of the year, and that is what I'm working on with this list. This list is a work-in-progress.

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Mojave Indigo Bush in the desert
Psorothamnus arborescens
Mojave Cottonthorn shrub in the desert
Tetradymia stenolepis
California Interior Buckwheat in the desert
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
Shrubby Ragwort wildflower in the desert
Senecio flaccidus
Fremont Indigo Bush in the desert
Psorothamnus fremontii
Scale Broom wildflower in the desert
Lepidospartum squamatum
Woolly Bursage in the desert
Ambrosia eriocentra
Golden Yarrow wildflower in the desert
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
Thick Leaved Yerba Santa shrub in the desert
Eriodictyon crassifolium
Parish's Viguiera wildflower in the desert
Bahiopsis parishii
Emory's Indigo Bush in the desert
Psorothamnus emoryi
Desert Baccharis shrub in the Mojave
Baccharis sergiloides
Hall's Purple Bush shrub in the desert
Tetracoccus hallii
Mule Fat shrub in the desert
Baccharis salicifolia
Hollyleaf Redberry shrub in the desert
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Burrobush shrub in the desert
Ambrosia dumosa
Johnson's Indigo Bush wildflower in the desert
Psorothamnus arborescens var. minutifolius
Sweetbush wildflower in the desert
Bebbia juncea
Jojoba shrub in the desert
Simmondsia chinensis
Cooper's Box Thorn shrub in the desert
Lycium cooperi
Cupped Leaf Ceanothus shrub in the desert
Ceanothus perplexans
Rock Hibiscus wildflower in the desert
Hibiscus denudatus
Munz Oak tree in the desert
Quercus ×munzii
Acton Encelia wildflower in the desert
Encelia actoni
Net Veined Viguiera wildflower in the desert
Bahiopsis reticulata
Hairy Yerba Santa shrub in the desert
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Copper Globemallow wildflower in the desert
Sphaeralcea angustifolia
Fragrant Sumac shrub in the desert
Rhus aromatica
Cooper's Goldenbush shrub in the desert
Ericameria cooperi
Banana Yucca plant in the desert
Yucca baccata var. baccata
Castor Bean plant in the desert
Ricinus communis
Pima Rhatany shrub in the desert
Krameria erecta
Smoke Tree tree in the desert
Psorothamnus spinosus
Turpentine Broom wildflower in the desert
Thamnosma montana
Tucker's Oak tree in the desert
Quercus john-tuckeri
Mojave Sage wildflower in the desert
Salvia mohavensis
Wand Holdback wildflower in the desert
Hoffmannseggia microphylla
Honey Mesquite tree in the desert
Prosopis glandulosa
Bigberry Manzanita shrub in the desert
Arcostaphylos glauca
Desert Rock Nettle wildflower in the Mojave
Eucnide urens
Arrow Weed plant in the desert
Pluchea sericea
Purple Sage wildflower in the desert
Salvia dorrii
White Rhatany shrub in the desert
Krameria bicolor
Mojave Beardtongue wildflower in the desert
Penstemon incertus
Trixis shrub in the desert
Trixis californica
Desert Lavender shrub in the Mojave
Condea emoryi
Paper Daisy in the desert
Psilostrophe cooperi
Singleleaf Pinyon Pine tree in the desert
Pinus monophylla
Anderson's Desert Thorn plant in the desert
Lycium andersonii
Mojave Yucca plant in the desert
Yucca schidigera
Arroyo Willow tree in the desert
Salix lasiolepis
Blue Paloverde in the desert
Parkinsonia florida
Narrow Leaved Willow tree in the desert
Salix exigua
Parry's Nolina plant in the desert
Nolina parryi
Blackbrush shrub in the desert
Coleogyne ramosissima
Tamarisk tree in the desert
Tamarix ramosissima
Desert Senna shrub in the Mojave
Senna armata
Desert Fir shrub in the Mojave
Peucephyllum schottii
Fourwing Saltbush plant in the desert
Atriplex canescens
Joshua Tree in the desert
Yucca brevifolia

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