The Carrotwood is named for the carrot-like appearance that this tree gives when planted into the ground. Commonly grown as a multi-trunk tree, these trunks and branches tend to funnel inward, producing the 'stem' of the carrot, while the dark, dense evergreen canopy represents the leaves waiting to be plucked from the ground. While the Carrotwood certainly resembles this vegetable, it's certainly not as easily removed, as the dense canopy and twisting trunk and branch pattern protect it from wind and inclement weather - this design is much to this tree's benefit.
The Carrotwood is an ideal evergreen solution in Houston, as it takes well to clay-type soils and high moisture environments. The Carrotwood is a great alternative to the common Oaks seen throughout Houston, as they're just about as reliable, but with a look unlike anything else in your landscape.