How to Draw a Joshua Tree

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Joshua Tree in 4 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Joshua Tree.

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How to Draw a Joshua Tree - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the roots. In a small bundle, draw little slanted lines going down.

Step 2: Now, draw the trunk of the tree. On both sides of your roots, draw a long line that curves out toward the top.

Step 3: Next, draw the branches. On the left side of the trunk, draw a slanted line coming out, leave a space and draw another next to it. Do the same on the right side but draw a small “V” at the end of the lines to create two small branches. Continue to draw about five more branches all connecting to each other.

Step 4: Finish by drawing the leaves. Coming off of one of your branches, draw about eight spikes all connected at the bottom. Draw these leaves at the end of all the branches.

Interesting Facts about Joshua Trees

Joshua Trees are only found in the deserts of America. The most known area is the Mohave Desert. Joshua Trees are evergreen trees that grow to 16 to 49 feet tall. The branches are tall and pointy which can reach 3 feet high. The trunk on the Joshua tree is gray and red and spongy they reach 2 to 4 feet across. Joshua Trees produce green paper-like flowers that are sometimes compared to mushrooms. Mice enjoy the tree’s seeds and are responsible for most of the seeds planting.

Did you know?

  • Joshua Trees take 50 to 60 years to reach full age.
  • Flowering is supposed to be effected by daylight.
  • Joshua Trees can live for 150 years,
  • Mormon settlers named the tree “the Joshua Tree” because the shape reminded them of the Biblical figure Joshua.
  • Joshua Trees depend entirely on the Yucca Moth to pollinate the flowers.
  • The Joshua Tree is member of the lily family.
  • Joshua Trees flower between March and May,

Lesson Plan Note: Joshua Trees are a good addition to the study of the Mojave Desert. These areas include the states of California, western Arizona, parts of Nevada, and Utah. The trees are also found in Mexico.