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After learning about the work Mark Shepard has done to 'self select' plants that thrive in his environment I'm interested in finding seeds that at least have a family history of dealing with desert conditions.  I'm in Tucson, Arizona (zone 9) looking for Leucaena leucocephala and Elaeagnus angustifolia (both non-native).  I don't think I have the time or patience to create a landrace strain of my own.  Is there an online vendor from a desert region?  If this topic has been discussed previously please point me to it.

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I don't know about either of those in particular, but you've got one relatively native desert plant already at your disposal - Mesquite! it's quick growing, nitrogen-fixing, and has edible bean pods(for both man and beast)!
 
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Howdy Brian, have you seen this native seeds website?
 
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Thanks - I've been using Mesquite but I believe other trees offer much better nitrogen fixing.  Native Seeds is great, I highly recommend them.  Unfortunately they don't offer much for nitro fixers outside of their beans and peas.
 
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Hey Brian,

Try the Desert Legume Program at the University of Arizona.  https://cals.arizona.edu/desertlegumeprogram/seminum.html
They have tons of great stuff!
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