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Parkinsonia microphyllum

Littleleaf Palo Verde, Foothills Palo Verde
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees

PARKINSONIA

Tough, trouble-free desert trees valued for floral display, shade, and colorful bark. Clusters of small, bright yellow flowers nearly hide the spiny branches. Lightly filtered shade is cast by an intricate canopy of twigs rather than by the leaves, which are divided into tiny leaflets and quickly drop in drought or cold. Prune only to enhance the form, removing crossing, wayward, or too-low branches; hold off on pruning when temperatures rise above 100°F (38°C). Flowering branches are attractive in arrangements.

Parkinsonia microphyllum

Native to Sonoran Desert of Southern California, Arizona, and Baja California. Slow growth to 20 ft. high and wide. Yellow flowers and yellow-green bark and leaves.

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