Chandler, AZ is the only city in the southwestern U.S. with a tumbleweed tree. The idea for a tumbleweed tree came in 1957 at the suggestion of Chandler resident Earl Barnum. City workers start collecting them early in the fall. This year's tree contains nearly 1,000 tumbleweeds attached to a 25-foot wire. The tumbleweeds are sprayed with 25 gallons of white paint, dusted with 65 pounds of glitter and covered with more than 1,000 lights.