Civano Originals

Hand selected and proven to thrive in arid urban environments. 

Superior color and compact form

After years of scrutinizing in the test garden, Civano Growers proudly present Tecoma ‘Red Hot’. Red Hot was handpicked by our horticulturists for its quality, form and health. The Red Hot is one of our 2018 shrub introductions that has many unique qualities. As the name suggests, the plant is characterized by its intense flower color. Best of all, this Tecoma reaches only 3-4 feet tall and wide at maturity, and it is root hardy to 15°F once established. The Red Hot has a long bloom season that is a favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators. Plant it and sit back and enjoy the show! More info

A cold-hardy Live Oak with exceptional heat and drought tolerance

Civano Growers pays homage to the founder of Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Joan Lionetti, by naming this unrivaled oak clone in her honor. This beautiful evergreen oak is praised for its fast growth, straight trunk and symmetrical canopy. Its superior form will provide any landscape with dense shade all year long. The tree prefers full sun and moderate water until established. It grows to 30’ tall at maturity. These noteworthy features, along with the tree's tough-as-nails demeanor and smaller structure make the Joan Lionetti Live Oak an ideal residential or streetscape tree. More info

The first Green Hopseed clone on the market

Discovered after the hard freeze that devastated Tucson landscapes in 2011, this uniformly rounded shrub survives temperatures down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit with minimal damaged once established. This extremely cold-resistant form of Hopseed bush can survive temperatures 10 degrees colder than any of its counterparts, making it the perfect cold hardy hedge or privacy screen. Just as any other Hopseed, this shrub is evergreen, extremely drought tolerant and flourishes in full sun. As the plant blooms clustered yellow flowers in the Spring, the blooms contrast verdant foliage. All characteristics lend its name, ‘Emerald Ice’. More info

Our signature thornless Mesquite

Civano Growers' signature Mesquite, ‘Leslie Roy’, is a cross between the hardy Velvet Mesquite and thornless Chilean Mesquite, combining the best qualities of both. Although Mesquites are common throughout the Southwest, the Leslie Roy is quite unique. Named for the patriarch of the Shipley family, the Leslie Roy has a beautiful upright, multi-branching habit. Like most Mesquites, the tree is drought tolerant, semi-deciduous, thrives in full sun and reaches heights of 40’x40’ once mature. Hardy in both extreme heat and cold, this beautiful thornless tree will make a great addition to any desert landscape. More info

Our clean and attractive landscape Ash

Our selection of this tree stands out against any other typical Little Leaf Ash. Named after the founding director of the University of Arizona's Campus Arboretum, 'Libby Davison' has an attractive, uniform growth habit and neat structure. Its leaves are glossy and deep green. The plant uses little water and prefers full sun. Libby Davison is a cutting-grown clone that is perfect for any commercial or residential landscape in need of a large shrub or petite tree. The plant requires little to no pruning to maintain and can be placed near pools, patios or entryways for extra shade and architectural interest. More info

Our bulletproof Turpentine Bush

Unlike its seed-grown siblings, the cutting-grown Butterbloom Turpentine Bush sports bright yellow flowers in the fall and bright green foliage all year long. The plant’s blooms attract pollinators, and its dense and uniform growth habit requires less maintenance to stay compact. Butterbloom maxes out at 2’ tall and wide at maturity and is evergreen. Like all desert natives, this plant is drought tolerant and prefers full sun. The plant manages well in extreme heat or cold. Although this plant can be found growing native throughout the Sonoran Desert, it is a bullet proof choice for any desert landscape. More info

Stunning bloom with superior foliage

Our Desert Willow, ‘Sweet Katie Burgundy’, is a fast-growing prolific bloomer, that produces an abundance of showy flowers flush from spring to fall. The tree boasts very few seed pods. Unlike other Desert Willows, it has a uniform, compact growth habit and, though deciduous, the minimal presence of seedpods and tidy structure give it an exceptionally attractive winter appearance. This gem of a tree requires little care. It is drought tolerant once established and loves the sun. Best of all- it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies with it’s profusion of fragrant, orchid-like burgundy flowers. More info

Our exceptionally cold hardy Lady's Slipper

We are proud to introduce Chilly Willy, our new cold-hardy selection of Lady's Slipper that outperforms all others. Chilly Willy first caught our attention after a hard winter that should have left it frozen to the ground. Our trials have shown that Chilly Willy can weather a full week of temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and survives temperatures as low as 1°F with no damage. Chilly Willy is an attractive specimen that blooms small, red flowers in the summer. The blooms look like ladies' slippers, and they attract hummingbirds. The plant prefers full sun to part shade and requires very little water. More info

Outstanding lemon blossoms to color your landscape

This Civano Growers selection was chosen for its tidy growth habit, generous flower production and exceptional heat resistance. Calylophus is fancied for its large, buttercup-shaped flowers that open with a creamy-yellow color and fade to orange and then pink before finishing completely within 24 hours. Blooming lasts from spring through summer, making Tucson Sun one of the most evergreen colorful groundcovers available in the Southwest. It is also one of the toughest groundcovers, spreading from hardy rhizomes that withstand periods of drought and temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit. More info

It can take the heat

There are many Salvia greggii hybrids available on the market today, each with a unique variation on flower size and color, temperature preference, vigor, and stamina. Civano Growers takes the guesswork out of choosing the best plants for Tucson’s tough climate by testing new varieties at our local farm; selecting and propagating only the top performers.


Ruby Slippers Autumn Sage is one of these selections: favored for its profusion of large, bright flowers, compact growth habit, and outstanding summer heat tolerance. This sun-loving perennial can be evergreen through milder winters, and the foliage has a pleasant sage aroma that rabbits dislike. Hummingbirds and occasional butterflies go nuts for the non-stop show of flowers that bloom from early spring until the first winter frost. More info

Stunning silvery green and purple groundcover

Mediterranean Carpet was selected by Civano Growers for its superior flower production and performance in the landscape. As its name suggests, the evergreen groundcover produces silvery-green foliage that remains lush year-round. Mediterranean Carpet can reach 5’ wide while staying 1’ tall. The plant produces abundant clusters of tiny, purple, honey-scented flowers in early spring and the blooming continues throughout summer and fall. Mediterranean carpet only stops blooming for a short time in winter when temperatures drop near freezing. A favorite for pollinators, this plant requires moderate water and full sun to part shade. More info

Prolific blooms brighten any landscape

This rare giant perennial has soft, velvety leaves and stems, and is best known for its sunny yellow flowers with broad, orange centers. Unlike true sunflowers that usually feature one large flower per plant, Mexican Sunflowers continuously support hundreds of blooms per plant from spring until the first winter frost. Because of its extended blooming season, the plant attracts butterflies and birds from spring through fall. ‘Goldylocks‘ is a cutting-grown cultivar that was selected by Civano Growers for its uniquely uniform growth habit, outstanding heat tolerance, and impressive flower power. More info

Our tough, light pink Gaura

Discovered and named by Ryan Adams, one of our original employees, this selection of the ‘Pink Cloud’ Gaura is a spectacular new introduction that has a lengthy blooming period and sturdy, upright habit. Since its discovery in 2009, ‘Mr. Liko’ has impressed us each year with a barrage of blush pink flowers that flutter above the plant’s attractive reddish foliage from early spring until the first frost. Like its parent ‘Pink Cloud’, ‘Mr. Liko’ has an open, rounded form that stays tight; it won’t fall apart like other Gaura hybrids are prone to do. This tough Arizona native tolerates poor, infertile soils, and is extremely drought and heat tolerant. More info

Our compact and clean Buckwheat with exceptional cold hardiness

‘Little Rascal’ is an Arizona native that was selected by Civano Growers for its compact growth habit, long flowering season, beautiful silvery foliage, and superior heat tolerance. It also endures temperatures as low as -20° Fahrenheit, so ‘Little Rascal’ does great in colder climates, too. Because it needs very little maintenance throughout the year, this drought tolerant perennial is a wonderful choice for commercial or streetscape settings. It grows in any soil with good drainage, and its branching root system does a great job of controlling erosion on slopes. Our ‘Little Rascal’ clones come from a parent plant that was grown from seed collected in the Catalina Mountains, so each one has the same endurance and exceptional character as the original. More info

A butterfly's delight

This compact shrub is one of several milkweed hosts to Monarch and Queen butterflies, who sip nectar from white flower clusters appearing spring through fall. Its unique foliage resembles bright green pine branches extending delicately outward from the central plant. Native to the dry, rocky slopes of the desert Southwest, this tough shrub is extremely drought tolerant and thrives in intense reflected heat. Monarch Magnet is our cultivar that was selected for its full, bushy, compact growth habit that makes it a great plant for containers, landscapes, or butterfly gardens. More info

Just when we thought our Desert Willow couldn't get any better

'Sweet Bubba' is the love child of two Desert Willow varieties that many thought were already perfect. A hybrid of 'Bubba' and 'Sweet Katie Burgundy', Sweet Bubba exhibits the dark green glossy leaves of one parent plant, and the enormous bloom of the other. Desert Willows perform very well in arid landscapes; however, Sweet Bubba boasts an exquisite upright growth habit with perfect symmetry. Our cultivar is also virtually seedless making it perfect for any manicured landscape. More info