Botanical Name: Parkinsonia microphylla
 Common Name: Foothills Palo Verde
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub

 

Height Range

12-25'

 

Flower Color

Yellow

 

Flower Season

Spring

 

Leaf Color

Yellow Green

 

Bark Color

Green

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

 

Water

Very Low

 

Growth Rate

Slow

 

Soil Type

Clay

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden

 

Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape

 

Seasonal Interest

Spring

 

Location Uses

Background, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

Erosion Control, Screen, Shade Tree, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing

 

Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: Kathleen Moore

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Smaller shrublike shade tree 15' x15'. Trees are leafless for most of the year, except following rains. Plants are very drought-tolerant, although supplemental watering during the dry season will speed up growth rate. Flowering starts mid to late spring with sulfer yellow flowers. This tree is good for naturalistic landscapes. Form has character. Native to the Sonoran Desert.
Frost tolerant to 15 F.