Blue Palo Verde
Parkinsonia florida (Cercidium floridum)
Broadleaf Evergreen Trees
Deciduous / Evergreen
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
Tall and Wide
Average Landscape Size
30' x 30'
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.
USDA Hardiness Zone
10° F, Zone 8a