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Parkinsonia ‘Desert Museum’

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
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 ‘Desert Museum’

This hybrid involving P. aculeata, P. microphyllum, and P. floridum combines the best traits of all three. It grows to 20 ft. tall and as wide in 3 to 5 years. Large (1 in.) blossoms appear over a long period; flowering is most profuse in spring, with rebloom possible in summer. Light green stems and leaves. A clean, thornless tree that produces few seedpods and scant litter.

 

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