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Scottsdale’s Largest And Oldest Trees?

Scottsdale Treasures

Giants live in an oasis in the desert

Outdoor shot of Scottsdale backyard with desert landscaping.

Something you may not have known about the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is we have at least two (and possibly more) areas with towering, hundred-year-old visitors from across the world.

I’m talking of course about trees!

One of the first things guests and visitors will nod their heads in agreement about is the lack of tall trees in Arizona (well, Phoenix metro anyway) compared to where they have come from. Most of our native trees don’t get overly tall even when cultivated specifically to be in “tree form”, and the issue of water limits many more imported varieties.

That’s not to say that we don’t have tall or interesting trees, but the trees at Messinger Mortuary are truly aged giants and something quite special. Take a look the next time you’re driving by on Indian School Road at these towering pistache trees which are probably almost 100 years old and were brought here in the 30’s all the way from modern day Iran for the Arizona Biltmore Resort. These trees would have been extras from the plantings, and it is so lovely that they have survived to this day — towering over pretty much everything around them.

Another historic set of trees are the Arcadia Date Palms, imported over a century ago and planted en masse, who produce delicious fruit of a special variety called the black sphinx date. These trees are so old that they no longer produce pups (new trees suckering from the base of the parents) which means that these tall ladies are getting rarer every day. Home owners occasionally remove these trees for their building projects which is an incredible shame. They give Arcadia a very distinctive look and feel — unlike anywhere else in Phoenix.

There you have it, some charming regional news about trees just in time for things to warm up and those trees to get to work shading our homes and streets. Long live the trees!

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