Design Through the Decades - part 59
Landscaping of Phoenix homes in the 1980s shifted to new types of trees and plants. The mulberry trees, olive trees, carob trees, and cedar trees from the 1950s to the 1970s went away. Variety was the name of the game in 1980s landscaping.
Let’s look at some of the new trees & plants of the 1980s, starting with the quintessential 1980s Mexican fan palm.
Queen palms debuted in the 1980s and grew in popularity into the 1990s. This is a Phoenix home from 1986.
Eucalyptus trees were very popular in the 1980s as seen at this 1986 home. They grow very tall with branches that break off in strong winds.
African sumac trees emerged in the 1980s.
Jacaranda trees were well liked for their purple flowers.
Bougainvillea bushes defined the 1980s (and the 1990s).
Mexican Bird of Paradise (aka The Pride of Barbados) bushes offered a splash of orange and red and were very popular in the 1980s.
Texas sage bushes were used often in 1980s landscaping, with pink-purple flowers in the background at this 1989 back yard.
A few plants carried over from earlier decades: citrus, pine, bottle tree, canary palm, and Mediterranean fan palm. Citrus trees of course are a symbol of Arizona living.
Aleppo and Eldarica pine trees would not go away in the early 1980s.
Australian bottle trees hung around in the 1980s too.
Canary Island date palms (aka pineapple palm) were still used in 1980s landscaping. Pink gravel was a very popular choice in the 1980s.
Cacti and saguaros were found in many 1980s Phoenix yards.
A trendy design element of 1980s Phoenix back yards was the wood gazebo.