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Learn About Phoenix's Urban Forest

Mesquite Tree

Mesquite, Prosopis velutina is the most common tree found in Phoenix area parks. The image above shows one located in Encanto Park.

Phoenix city parks and street landscapes are home to a veritable forest in the city that adds millions of dollars worth of benefits to quality of life by improving air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics.*

The city recently finished a complete inventory of the more than 92,000 trees, palms and tall cactuses in its parks and streets. Citizens can use this interactive tree inventory website to view the location and type of each tree located within city limits. The website captures the full economic value of our vast public urban forest.

What's the most common tree type in city parks and along city streets? The Mesquite, Prosopis velutina accounts for 8.8 percent of the trees in those areas. Blue Palo Verde, Parkinsonia florida ranks second at 6.8 percent. Below is a listing of other common trees in the Phoenix area:

View Phoenix's tree gallery to learn more about the city's common trees
Learn about Phoenix's Tree & Shade Master Plan (PDF)
Read the Citizen Forester Check List (PDF)
Watch Tree Pruning Tips Video (YouTube)

Phoenix's famed Encanto Park has one of the largest concentrations of trees in the city's park system. The park's 1,760 combined trees and palms have an appraised replacement value of more than $6 million and provide $76,000 annually in benefits in improved air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics.

Additional Tree Resources:

Phoenix Urban Forestry Contact Information:


*City staff calculated the financial benefit using I-Tree, a program developed in a cooperative partnership of the U.S. Forest Service, Society of Municipal Arborists, Arbor Day Foundation, International Society of Arboriculture and Davey Resource Group. Data calculations are based on information collected locally and outlined in the Desert Southwest Community Tree Guide. The number of trees, palms and cactuses citywide fluctuates as staff and volunteers plant new ones to supplement and replace older trees.



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