Here is a list which I write down now. More to come, anybody add more?


Acacia arabica

Albizia julibrissin

Araucaria heterophylla

Azadirachta indica

Bauhinia purpurea

Callistemon viminalis

Cassia nodosa

Casuarina equisetifolia

Citrus limon

Coccoloba uvifera

Conocarpus lancifolius

Cordia sebestina

Delonix regia

Dracaena draco

Erythrina caffra

Eucalyptus SPP

Ficus altissima

Ficus retusa

Hibiscus tiliaceus

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Lagerstroemia indica

Mangifera indica

Melia azedarach

Millingtonia hortensis

Morus alba

Moringa oleifera

Olea europea

Parkinsonia aculeata

Pithecillobium dulce

Plumeria obtusa

Plumeria rubra

Prosopis SPP

Psidium guajava

Punica granatum

Schinus terebinthifolius

Tabebuia rosea

Tamarindus indica

Terminalia catappa

Thespesia populnea

Ziziphus jujuba

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Acalypha wilkesiana
Acalypha variegata
Atriplex halimus
Aglaonema 'silver queen'
Alpinia nutans
Anthurium andraenum
Atriplex nummilaria
Bougainvillea Glabra
Bougainvillea spectabilis
Caesalpinia gilliesii
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Canna indica
Canna indica purpurea
Carissa macrocarpa
Cestrum diurnum
Cestrum nocturnm
Clerodendrum inerme
Coadeum variegatum
Crinum asiaticum
Cuphea plumosus
Dietes grandiflora
Dodonaea viscosa
Duranta repens (green)
Duranta dazzling
Eranthemum atropurpureum
Eranthemum reticulatum
Gardenia jasminoides
• Hibiscus rosasinensis
Hibiscus syriacus
Hibiscus variegata
Ixora chinensis
Jasminum sambac
Jatropha integrima
Lantana camara 'red/crimson'
Lawsonia inermis
Leucophyllum frutescens
Malvaviscus arboreus
Murraya exotica
Myrtus communis
Nerium oleander
Nerium oleander dwarf
Philodendron 'xanadu'
Plumbago capensis
Rosemarinus officinalis
Rosa SPP
Russelia juncea 'equisetifolia'
Ruellia ciliosa
Salvadora persica
Scaveola frutescens
Strelitzia reginae
Tabernae montana
Tecoma stans
Thevetia peruviana
Vitex agnus
Zantedeschia aethiop

Agapanthus africanus
Agapanthus orientalis
Alternanthera variegata
Alternanthera green
Alternanthera versicolor (red / amoena)
Angelonica gardneri
Asparagus meyerii
Asparagus plumosus
Asparagus sprengerii
Atriplex canescens
Atriplex glauca
Carissa grandiflora "Green Carpet"
Catharanthus roseus (Vinca Rosa)
Crasulla argentea
Gazania uniflora
Hymenocallis festalis
Hymenocallis littoralis
Hymenocallis variegata
Iresine herbstii
Iresine lindenii
Lampranthus spectabilis
Lampranthus roseus
Lantana camara nana (cream / white)
Lantana montividensis (white)
Lantana montividensis (pink)
Portulaca grandiflora
Portulaca single mixed
Portulaca single yellow
Rhoeo discolor
Sesuvium portulacastrum
Sesuvium red
Setcreasea purpurea
Wedelia trilobata
Thank you very much. I am a Landscape Designer and new to this region so this means a great deal. Could you add a list of plants suitable for green walls. I have seen a great green wall on One to One hotel.

Hello volkan,

thanks for the great link, am sure you did alot of research to compile this list, since unfortunattly, we dont have enough documented information about Landscaping in UAE

a quick question, did you, (or anyone) had experiance with Russelia juncea (firecracker plant) in UAE? how well does it hold up in the summer extreme? I plan to plant it in a location, where it would look great imo, but that spot recives direct sunlight from 10am until pretty much sunset, will no casted shadows. will the plant retain its looks? or will the afternoon direct sun too much for it? i know it loves sunlight, but will it do well without any casted shadows?

Thanks alot !

That's awesom!

Wonderful contribution,

nice information....
where's my Schinus molle dude? and the ubiquitous Phoenix dactylifera? and while u're at it, pls go thru the spelling of some of the plants. imho, quite a few were spelt wrongly which is global phenomena. this is for everybody's benefit.
Thats great , thanks for sharing .

I must question this list and warn that more careful site research must be done.  The trees, most obviously in question from this list include:

Albizzia julibrissin (Albizzia lebbek yes but julibrissin, no)

Dracena draco 

Jacaranda mimosifolia

This is not a list of 'cast iron' trees that can b successfully planted anywhere in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Please visit these places and observe the successful street and garden trees to make your plant list.  Same for shrubs.  Anything short of that is a disservice to the profession of Landscape Architecture.

Kind regards to all.


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