What is Joshua Tree?

what is joshua tree

You may have heard of Joshua Tree National Park. But do you know what Joshua Tree is? Up until recently I had known of the park, but I had no idea what a Joshua Tree was or even where they grew outside of California. In this blog post I’m going to give you a little details about what these Dr. Seuss like trees are and where you can find them. 

What is a Joshua Tree?

The legend is that Joshua Trees were named by Mormon settlers after the Biblical figure Joshua. Joshua Trees are strange spiky, curvy trees that you would see straight out of a Dr. Suess book. This cactus-like tree is part of the agave family. American Indians have been known to use the leaves of the trees to be woven into baskets and sandals and flower buds and seeds as healthy food.

Much like the cactus, Joshua Trees depend on well-timed rain and lots of sunlight for their growth. During spring rains you might see white-green flowers sprout from the branch tips. The tallest tree in the park is 40 feet high in Queen Valley forest. The average lifespan of the tree is around 150 years old. 

Where can you find Joshua Trees?

When we planned our trip out west I had originally wanted to make a stop at Joshua Tree National Park. We ran out of time and didn’t make it out to California. I assumed I would have to plan another trip to see the illusive Joshua Trees. Little did I know we would drive through a vast span of Joshua Trees on our way from Las Vegas to Phoenix.

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southern California. Joshua Trees are also known to be spotted all around the Mojave Desert, the Sonoran Desert in western Arizona and mixed in with the pine trees of the San Bernardino Mountains of California. 

When visiting a place with Joshua Trees please be respectful of these unique trees. They are an important part of the ecosystem of the Mojave Desert which provides habitat for numerous birds, mammals, insects, and lizards.

8 thoughts on “What is Joshua Tree?”

  1. mriveraediblesense – Texas, USA – Chef. Army Wife. Homeschool Mom. Food Blogger. Coffee Addict. Laugh-Snorter. General Smart-Aleck.

    I went to Joshua Tree NP last year and it was the most breathtaking sight! I really enjoyed it.

  2. Singing A New Song – Hello, I'm Shayla! I'm a blogging/vlogging homeschooling mom of many, wife to one, and work at home mom. We are a big, Jesus loving, God fearing family and we love to laugh! Common topics you’ll find here include faith, marriage, motherhood, homeschooling, lifestyle, domestic arts, herbs & oils, and holistic living (with a realistic, big family mama/frugal approach). I love sharing practical solutions we find to problems we encounter, as well as things that inspire and encourage us through this crazy, beautiful journey!

    This is so interesting! I’ve heard of them but never seen them or even seen pictures. They are beautiful!

  3. MUAKimPorter – New York City makeup artist, beauty and <a href="http://www.beautyandthebumpnyc.com">mom blogger</a> . I'm a Hofstra University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Although my background is in health, beauty and makeup artistry is where my heart lies. I immensely enjoy helping myself and others feel beautiful inside and out. I've launched a beauty blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these I hope to reach a wider audience and provide the women with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward. The most important element of my work is to be able to use my creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. If you have a beauty or makeup related question, contact me. Your question could be featured on the site! I also accept guest post submissions, check the <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/guest-post-submission/">guidelines</a>. ***Brands and PR firms sometime provide press samples of products for review consideration. These brands are not guaranteed a review on Makeup by Kim Porter Blog, nor do we accept payment of any kind for our reviews. For more on our disclosure policies, please see my <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/">terms</a> .

    I’ve always seen them referenced on California or West Coast-Based shows. Usually people would go there for healing. I never thought to research them, so I appreciate you sharing what you know.
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  4. Parent On Board – United States – I am a blogger and mental health professional. I strive to make the parenting journey easier and more enjoyable by using my background in mental health and my experience as a mom of 2.

    These are really cool. I’ve never heard of them or seen them before. Definitely seems like a fun thing to check out.

  5. I never realized they were actual trees, lol. Always thought it was just a place in CA for people to go and find themselves and be free in nature. They are beuatiful!

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