Water Needs

Light Needs

Common Name

Blue Palo Verde

Scientific Name

Parkinsonia florida (Cercidium floridum)

Botanical Pronunciation

PARK-in-so-nee-uh floor-EH-da

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen Trees

Deciduous / Evergreen


Special Features

The bark of a palo verde tree is green because it's filled with chlorophyll. Unlike most trees, this plant gets a lot of photosynthesizing done through its bark. Only about a third of the palo verde's food is produced by the leaves.


Late spring, early summer, Yellow flowers

Growth Habit

Tall and Wide

Growth Rate


Average Landscape Size

30' x 30'

Landscape Uses

Shade Tree

Care Information

A beautiful desert tree, though marginally hardy in Washington County. Will do best with reflected heat from the south side of houses or slopes in the winter. Grows rapidly with irrigation. May require frequent corrective pruning and thinning when young to avoid wind damage.

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USDA Hardiness Zone

10° F, Zone 8a

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