Locally Developed and Grown Plants


Because of the harsh environment we live in, Baker Nursery carries and grows many varieties of plants that have been developed specifically for the valley of the sun.


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Palo Rojo Hybrid Palo Verde

palo rojo

Just like its name suggests, the wood of the Palo Rojo morphs to hues of red and maroon as temperatures begin to drop in the fall.The Palo Rojo retains these striking colors in stark contrast to the bright green foliage. By May, the trunk and limbs return to a rich green color as the tree races back to a season of rapid growth.

Sonoran Emerald Hybrid Palo Verde

sonoran emerald

Like a sparkling jewel among the dusty hues of the desert, Arizona Wholesale Growers' Sonoran Emerald™ shines as nearly the perfect desert tree. Deep green in color, the Sonoran Emerald™ is lush and nearly evergreen with a spectacular flower display late May through June with sporadic flowering the rest of summer. Extremely wind tolerant, the initial crop of trees gracefully withstood the windy monsoons of 1999.

Mature size 25'x25'
Yellow flowers late spring
Rapid growth
Xeriscape once established
Extreme Wind Tolerance
Cold Hardy to 18°F

Arizona Mesquite


The 'Arizona Mesquite' tree is a thornless hybrid variety with deep green leaves and vigorous upright growth. With its medium size and lush umbrella shaped canopy, it has a high resistance to frost for extended periods of time.

Sun full sun
bloom time no blooms
size 30' tall x 30' wide
hardiness hardy to 15°F
Planting add organic soil when planting
water keep plants moist until established
Fertilize fertilize in early spring before new growth begins


prune only to control size and shape

Desert Son


Hesperaloe parviflora: Makes dense, yucca-like clumps of swordlike evergreen leaves. Bright yellow flowers offer a unique shrub that has tremendous drought tolerant qualities. Good large container plant with loose relaxed look.

Sun full sun
bloom time Spring thru Summer
size 3' tall x 3' wide
hardiness hardy to 15°F
Planting add organic soil when planting
water keep plants moist until established
Fertilize fertilize in early spring before new growth begins


Remove old flowers to encourage new blooms


Heavenly Cloud


Popular slow-growing shrub produces lush violet flowers which appear occasionally during warm seasons, then profusely after a rain. Green foliage covers shrubby stems year round. Excellent low maintenance plant.

Sun full sun
Bloom time summer through fall
Size 5' tall x 5' wide
Hardiness hardy to 15°F
Planting add organic soil when planting
Water keep plants moist until established
Fertilizer fertilize in early spring before new growth begins
Pruning prune only to control size and shape

Thornless Hybrid Palo Verde


This semi-evergreen, thornless, Palo Verde hybrid exhibits qualities found in Palo Brea, Blue and Mexican Palo Verde, provides ample shade, distinctive rich lush green trunks and intricate branching pattern that, similar to the Palo Brea, remain smooth as they mature, and abundant brilliant yellow flowers that appear in spring and intermittently during the summer months. The characteristics that set this hybrid apart from seed selections is the versatility to be grown as either a V-shaped upright or candelabra form specimen.

Phoenix Bird


A spectacular yellow blooming deciduous shrub that blooms summer through fall. Excellent for a quick screen, although you may need to cut it back in spring, it will come back with lush green growth.

Type Shrub
Sub Type Deciduous shrub
Description Phoenix Bird of Paradise
Height 6' to 10'
Width 6' to 10'
USDA Zones 9
Sun Reflected sun to partial sun
Hardiness 20 to 30 F
Blooming Season June through November
Growth Rate Moderate to fast growth rate
Litter Rate Moderate litter rate
Water Usage Moderate water usage

Maricopa Red


Graceful compact growth with showy red flowers make this an excellent shrub for any desert landscape. This hybrid will bloom under heat and drought conditions. Excellent plant for poor soil conditions.

Sun full sun
Size 3' tall 4-5' wide
Bloom time late winter to spring
Hardiness hardy to 25°F
Planting add organic soil when planting
Water Keep plants moist until established
Fertilize Fertilize in early spring before new growth begins
Pruning Remove old flowers to encourage new blooms

Superstition Gold Bougainvillea


Vigorous, showy vine shines with rich golden blooms to give a fine cover to patios or arbors. Also a good ground cover for banks. Use as annual color in colder climates. Evergreen.

Sun full sun
Size summer through fall
Bloom time 15' tall x 15' wide
Hardiness hardy to 35°F
Planting add organic soil when planting
Water keep plants moist until established
Fertilize Fertilize in early spring before new growth begins
Pruning Prune only to control size and shape

Trichocereus Hybrid


Information coming soon!

Anisacanthus quad. Mexican Fire™

mexican fire

This medium-sized, deciduous shrub has a rounded to irregular shape. Its narrow, rich green leaves provide an effective backdrop for terminal spikes of tubular red-orange flowers. Flowers are produced early summer through fall and attract hummingbirds. This fast growing plant is quite drought tolerant, but flowers more profusely with summer irrigation. Cut back to the ground in late winter to encourage fresh spring growth and to control the size. Mexican Fire™ has deeper green foliage and more intensely red flowers than previous selections.

Caesalpinia cacalaco Smoothie™


Cascalote is a great patio tree but the thorns can be an issue. This thornless introduction from Mountain States is known as Smoothie™. It produces the same large spikes of clear yellow flowers at the branch tips during the winter months, followed by attractive copper-colored seedpods. Like its parent, Smoothie™ may suffer frost damage when temperatures drop below 20° F. In warm climates it will remain evergreen, with glossy green compound leaves. Smoothie™ Cascalote grows best in full sun and well-drained soil.

Caesalpinia hybrid Sierra Sun™

sierra sun

Caesalpinia hybrid Sierra Sun™ is a new small-scale tree with lush green foliage and an attractive vase-shaped form. Semi evergreen, this small tree to large shrub has verdant compound leaves that lend a tropical feel to desert gardens. The distinctive yellow flowers have an orange center. Flowering may occur at any time during the year but the heaviest bloom occurs from fall to spring. The flower clusters are followed by elongated seed pods. Sierra Sun™ requires little pruning to maintain a broadly oval shape making it a truly low maintenance specimen. Plants can be kept smaller if desired with occasional pruning. Sierra Sun™ will drop its leaves at temperatures below around 25° F.

Chilopsis linearis Art's Seedless™

arts seedless

Desert willows have been popular in native Southwestern landscapes for years. The large, showy flowers produced during the heat of summer provide months of color and attract hummingbirds. Unfortunately, most desert willows produce many long, narrow seed pods which persist on the plant for months. Art Combe, a famed plantsman known as the Wizard of the Wasatch, created this seedless form of desert willow. Art’s Seedless™ has large, pink-rose flowers, long narrow bright green leaves, but no messy seed pods. This thornless, heat-tolerant, water-efficient tree grows at a fairly rapid rate to about 25 feet tall and wide. We are excited to offer this long awaited introduction. Hardy to -10° F.
USDA Zone 6.

Conoclinium greggii Boothill™


Eupatorium greggii Boothill ™ (Trademark by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery) is a small, herbaceous perennial growing to about 2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Its stems can either be strong and upright, or weak and trailing along the ground, depending on the growing conditions. When grown hard (not over watered or over fertilized) or when grown in full sun, the stems are stronger and more upright. Its light green, fine-textured leaves resemble those of Verbena pulchella. Fuzzy lavender-blue flowers occur in tight clusters at the ends of branches in the late spring, summer and fall. They are excellent for attracting butterflies. Eupatorium greggii has rhizomes (underground stems), so even if it burns back to the ground or is pruned back severely, it recovers readily.

Eremophila maculata Valentine®


Eremophila maculata Valentine™ is a symmetrical evergreen shrub, with small rounded green leaves. When plants are watered regularly, the foliage is lush and green. Several established shrubs in a research plot which received only one irrigation last year had much smaller leaves with a gray-green cast. In the winter, this shrub blooms on fresh young stems, which results in masses of tubular red flowers along the tips of the branches. Also, the foliage is tinged with a reddish color in the winter months. The foliage and growth habit are reminiscent of some Cotoneaster species.

Eremophila x Summertime Blue™

summertime blue

This particular selection came to us from Down Under about a decade ago, and has been a stellar performer in our trial garden. This large, spreading evergreen shrub grows to about 6 feet tall by 10 feet wide. The narrow light green leaves occur on arching branches, giving the shrub a fountain-like appearance. Summertime Blue TM is sprinkled with tubular lilac-blue flowers from spring till the end of summer. Having originated from heavy soils in its native land, this plant is well adapted to the clay soils of the Southwest. Summertime Blue™ is very drought-tolerant, and handles full sun and reflected heat like a champ. Hardy to frost and extended dry periods, this gem will be a great addition to the line-up of emu bushes. Hardy to 25°F. USDA Zone 9.

Leucophyllum langmaniae 'Lynn's Legacy'

lynns legacy

This selection of Texas sage was collected by Lynn Lowrey, a very special plantsman from east Texas. Lynn, who passed away in 1997, is a legend among botanists and plant collectors. With his usual discerning eye, Lynn picked out this clone for its profuse and frequent flower displays. ‘Lynn’s Legacy’ grows slowly to about 5 feet tall and wide, with a dense, rounded form. Its green foliage is a wonderful backdrop for the lavender flowers. Compared to most selections of Texas sage, this clone is not as dependent on changes in relative humidity for flowering. This means that it blooms more often during the course of the summer than other selections. In fact, this clone is called ‘Lynn’s Everblooming’ in Texas. In many ways, ‘Lynn’s Legacy’ is very similar to Rio Bravo™, but grows more slowly and blooms more frequently. Hardy to 10° F, USDA Zone 8.

Leucophyllum pruinosum Sierra Bouquet™

sierra bouquet

Leucophyllum pruinosum Sierra Bouquet ™ (Trademark name by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery) is a medium to large shrub, growing to 6 feet tall and wide. It has an open, somewhat sprawly growth habit. Its soft, velvety, grayish-white leaves are spoon-shaped and measure about 1/2 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. The fragrant flowers are an iridescent blue-violet that you can almost see through.
The flowering season can begin as early as June and continues throughout the summer into the fall.

Leucophyllum zygophyllum Cimarron ®


This petite evergreen shrub has a soft, rounded form, with distinctively cupped gray-green leaves. Masses of blue-purple flowers are produced on and off during the summer and fall during periods of high humidity. Cimarron® is one of the smaller Texas sages, topping out at about 3 feet tall and wide. This species is sometimes called Blue Ranger. It is less likely to rot out than other cultivars but do not over water and provide well-drained soils to avoid problems.

Muhlenbergia capillaris Regal Mist®

regal mist

Regal Mist ™ is a clumping grass that grows to 3 feet tall and wide. The flowering clusters add about 1 foot, giving the plant a height of 4 feet when in bloom. The narrow leaf blades are a glossy dark green color, and grow to 1.5 inches long. Flower spikes are a deep pinkish-red color; with a loose, open appearance that give the tops of the plants a feathery look. These flowering stalks appear in fall and early winter, although bloom periods vary slightly with temperature. Plants in Tucson and Phoenix start blooming in September and continue until November, with a peak in October. In cooler areas like Albuquerque and Las Vegas plants start blooming a little earlier.

Parthenocissus sp. Hacienda Creeper™

hacienda creeper

Hacienda Creeper™ resembles Virginia Creeper, but is much smaller and slower growing. This self-climbing, deciduous vine has bright green palmate leaves. With adequate fall chilling, the foliage will turn a deep red color. It forms a dense screen when grown on a chain link fence, and is also suitable for use as a groundcover or espalier. It is adapted to full sun or part shade, poor soils and some drought. Hardy to 0°F. USDA Zone 7.

Poliomintha maderensis Lavender Spice™

lavender spice

Poliomintha maderensis Lavender Spice ™ (trademark name by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery) is a rounded shrub, growing to 3 feet tall and wide. The small, bright green leaves have the delicious fragrance of oregano. The tubular lavender flowers measure just over 1 inch long. These flowers are densely clustered together at the stem tips. Flowering starts in late April, continuing through the summer and into the fall. Initially, flowers appear a few at a time, but by late May the shrub is covered with them, and looks like a lavender ball until cooler weather hits.

Prosopis glandulosa Maverick®


Maverick™ is a thornless selection of the Texas honey mesquite, and is vegetatively propagated to ensure this characteristic. Prosopis glandulosa is the most reliably cold-hardy mesquite, tolerating temperatures down to 0° F. It has a wide spreading form to about 30 feet tall by 30-35 feet wide. This tree is best suited to parks or wide open areas where it can spread out, as its natural growth habit is rather open and irregular. (The Prosopis hybrid Phoenix™ is a better choice for narrower roadway and median plantings.) The leaves are bright green, with widely spaced leaflets. The leaves look very similar to those of California Pepper (Schinus molle). The smooth gray bark provides a wonderful contrast to the green foliage. Texas honey mesquite is completely deciduous. USDA Zone 7.

Prosopis hybrid Phoenix®



This grafted clone of South American Hybrid Mesquite combines the lush, thornless, uniform characteristics of Prosopis alba Colorado™ with a reliable root system that anchors the tree even in strong winds. In addition, the Prosopis juliflora rootstock has slowed down the top growth considerably, and resulted in healthier branching structure. To see examples of established specimens, you are welcome to visit the nursery. We can also direct you to other specimens in the area. Prosopis hybrid Phoenix® will reach a mature size of 30 feet tall and wide. In low deserts it is semi-evergreen, with lush green compound leaves. It is reliably cold hardy to 15° F. These trees are either multi-trunked or low-breaking, but a good percentage have the narrow vase shape required for parking lots and other narrow planting spaces. USDA Zone 8.

Salvia greggii Sierra Linda™

sierra linda

This clone of autumn sage was our attempt to select a plant with more heat tolerance. While it handles the Phoenix summers better than any other selection we have found, it still requires some protection from intense afternoon sun. It works well on east exposures, and can even handle full shade, although flower production will be limited. In the spring and fall this small 3-foot shrub blooms profusely with small hot pink flowers, attracting hummingbirds and humans alike. The small, glossy, dark green leaves of this plant make it a nice addition to the oasis zone of a garden. Pruning off old flower spikes enhances blooming, and nitrogen fertilization helps to carry plants through the summer heat. It is hardy to 0º F. USDA Zone 7.

Tecoma hybrid Sierra Apricot™

sierra apricot

This petite new Esperanza from Mountain States delivers a powerful punch of apricot color in the summer months. This garden gem is smaller than previous selections, with a compact and dense form. Because it is virtually seed free, this clone blooms continuously throughout the summer months with large clusters of bell-shaped flowers. Hummingbirds love the tubular blossoms! In mild climates Sierra Apricot™ remains mostly evergreen, but is deciduous below temperatures of 25°F. Simply cut the stems back after frost, and plants will flush out quickly in the late spring.

Tecoma x Sunrise™


This Mountain States selection has a lengthy bloom period, producing glorious spikes of orange-yellow flowers from spring to fall. Sunrise™ has a burnished copper color on the flower buds and the back of the inflorescence. This plant has a clean habit, as it drops old, spent flowers quickly. It doesn’t set seed until late in the season, which means a constant supply of new blossoms during the summer. Hummingbirds are drawn to the tubular flowers. It is considered slightly hardier than ‘Gold Star’, but if frost damage should occur, cut the plant back in early spring to rejuvenate growth. In warmer regions, the plant may reach 8 feet tall and wide. USDA Zone 9.

Zephyranthes x 'Prairie Sunset'

prairie sunset

A hybrid of Zephyranthes x 'Capricorn' and Zephyranthes candida it distinguished by its tufts of foliage.  In August, it thrusts out pale-apricot flowers that fade to pale pink.  This plant loves to be pot bound.  12" tall by 15" wide.  Hardy to 10 °F. USDA Zone 8.

Popcorn Cassia

Fast growing, gorgeous foliage, luscious black buds & showy bright yellow flowers make this native legume of east Africa a valuable garden accent. To 8’ tall, multi-branching with beautiful tropical looking, bright green, pinnate foliage, this unusual Cassia blooms Spring through Fall but most heavily in Summer & Fall. The showy 2” flowers are densely held on branching spikes up to 1’ long & emerge from rich, shiny black buds. Can get rangy, so prune back after flowering to maintain a pleasing shape or can be trained as an interesting vine subject. Foliage has a rich buttered popcorn scent!

Scarlet Wisteria

The scarlet wisteria tree grows to about four meters in height. The compound leaves are evenly pinnate (no end leaflet). The flowers are a brilliant orangey-scarlet and borne on drooping racemes. The seedpods have four 'wings'. When mature, the seeds loosen and rattle within the pod. (This trait is totally unnerving to field personnel who are expecting to come upon rattlesnakes.)