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.*

Phoenix Urban Forestry Contact Information:

The city recently finished a complete inventory of the more than 90,000 trees, palms and tall cactuses in its parks and along its streets. Citizens can use this interactive tree inventory website to view the location and type of each tree 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 found in the Phoenix area:

Desert Canopy banners downtown.JPGDownload a fact sheet about Project Desert Canopy Arizona, a multi-state undertaking funded by the USDA Forest Service to conduct urban forestry ecosystem services assessments in partnering communities in Phoenix; Albuquerque, N.M.; Las Cruses, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas. Complete study information available at desertcanopy.org.

Read the City of Phoenix Cool Urban Spaces Project (PDF)




View Tree Canopy Map of Phoenix catalogued by Village Planning District (PDF)
View Phoenix's tree gallery to learn more about common trees found around the city
Learn about Phoenix's Tree & Shade Master Plan (PDF)
Read the Citizen Forester Check List (PDF)
Watch Tree Pruning Tips Video Featuring City Arborist Richard Adkins (YouTube)
Don't Top Trees (PDF in English and Spanish)
How to Prune Young Shade Trees (PDF in English and Spanish)
AmericanForests.org Video Features
Phoenix forestry guru can put a price on trees (cronkitenews.org)

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 such as improved air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics.

Additional Tree Resources:

Reference Information for Tree Care Providers:

The city suggests the following industry resources to help locate local individuals and companies to provide tree care service. While the city cannot recommend or endorse any of the providers listed in these resources, we do advise you to obtain two or more written estimates for the work, and to insure the provider is certified, licensed and insured prior to contracting for work to be performed.

 *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.