- Frangrant shrubs with white flowers grow in Tucson's hot and arid climate.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Tucson is a city in the southeastern part of Arizona. It is surrounded by mountains and has a dry, hot desert climate. The native shrubs in this area are tolerant of drought and thrive under a full and hot sun. Among these shrubs are those that bloom with white flowers and are well known for their pleasant fragrance.
Huachuca Mountain Rocktrumpet
- The Huachuca Mountain rocktrumpet (Macrosiphonia brachysiphon) is a perennial shrub native to the Arizona desert. It prefers upper elevations and blooms during the summer months. Its flowers are white with a hint of pink and are approximately 3 inches long. The entire plant grows up to 2 feet in height. After the flowers bloom, the plant produces a fruit with two 5-inch slender follicles that are covered by a red fuzz. The Huachuca Mountain rocktrumpet has round green leaves covered by tiny hairs. The flowers have a fragrant aroma and attract hummingbird moths.
- The nightblooming cereus (Peniocereus greggii) has colorful flowers that produce the added benefit of emitting a pleasant aroma at night. Also known as the Queen of the Night, the plant grows as a shrub and is a member of the cacti family. It produces white flowers usually in June and July. Each flower blooms for only one evening. The flowers are 4.5 inches in diameter and are followed by a red fruit that is 3 inches in size. The plant can grow up to 7 feet high; its leaves are long, slender and have a dull green color. They prefer dry soil and often form under other shrubs.
- The bee brush (Aloysia lycioides) produces flowers known for their sweet smell. The nectar of the flowers attracts butterflies. The bee brush is an evergreen shrub that grows upright. It has no thorns, plenty of branches and small, narrow, dark green leaves that grow close to the stem. The plant produces white flowers that are bigger than its leaves. Its seed capsule consists of two sections with one seed each. The entire plant has a pleasing smell when it is in bloom. It grows to a height of 6 feet and a width of 8 feet. It blooms at various times from mid-February through the fall months. It does not require much water and will grow in areas with partial shade and full sun. It is native to southern Arizona.