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Protected Native Plants

Protected native plant shall mean cacti which are three (3) feet or greater in height and trees which are four (4) inches or greater in caliper of the following species.

If any of the following protected plants, in the indicated sizes, are being disturbed by your project you are required to submit a native plant program as outlined in the amended zoning ordinance section 7.500links to external site:


Botanical Name Common Name
Acacia constricta White Thorn Acacia
Acacia greggii Cat Claw Acacia
Berberis haematocarpato Red Barberry
Canotia holocantha Crucifixion Thorn
Celtis pallida Hackberry
Cercidium floridum Blue Palo Verde
Cercidium microphyllum FootHills Palo Verde
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow
Juniperous species Juniper
Olneya tesota Ironwood
Populus fremontii  Cottonwood
Prosopis species Mesquite 
Quercus species Scrub Oak
Rhus ovata Sugar Sumac
Vauquelinea Californica Arizona Rose Wood


Botanical Name Common Name
Carnegiea gigantea Saguaro
Ferocactus species Barrel
Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo
Peniocereus greggii Night-Blooming Cereus
Yucca elata Soaptree Yucca

Single family projects are required to submit a native plant program at the time of submittal for building plan reviews. Commercial projects are required to submit a native plant program no later than the time of application for Development Review Board. A native plant permit is required to remove, relocate, or destroy any plant protected by the ordinance. Permits will not be issued unless submitted in conjunction with an approved or proposed development project. A permit will be issued after the native plant program has been approved.

Arizona State Protected Native Plant List