Palo verde Parkinsonia or formerly Cercidium is a genus of flowering deciduous trees that originate from the pea family Fabaceae. There are over ten species that all have their origins in semi-desert landscapes, many from the Americas. If you're looking for a tree that will grow in dry, hot, and infertile environments, has interesting bark color, and produces bright flowers, then one of the palo verde species could be a good fit. They're regarded as some of the most drought-tolerant trees around and are perfect for xeriscape landscaping.
A friend has struggled with finding the right tree for her Palm Springs backyard. It seems every tree has some kind of flaw that would disqualify it as a candidate. Her inability to choose, points out the underlying truth: there are no perfect trees. A near perfect candidate has transformed my horse stable though.
I must confess that I fell in love with these iconic desert trees with their green trunks and yellow flowers when I moved to Arizona 28 years ago. Want to learn more about this desert beauty? Check out my latest plant profile for Houzz. Do you have any suggestions for pruning?
Wikipedia - Parkinsonia Florida. Wikipedia - Deciduous. Select an item from the list on the right to compare related dimensions. Deciduous Trees are a type of tree that seasonally sheds their leaves for part of the year—typically in the autumn.