Everyone thinks Arizona has palm trees. It does, but they’re not native. The closest we get is a relative that gets no taller than a human. Here’s one that is a “volunteer” and just started growing and we just left it. It’s shown off by that supermodel, Kali.
All the palm trees have been brought here by humans. You never see a palm tree in the wilderness but always by human habitation-they require more water than the desert provides. In the past few years, we have been invaded by a species of palm tree which has no known enemies and doesn’t require any water.
The scientific name is towerus cellfonia.