Blue Palo Verde
Scientific Name: Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex Gray) S. Wats.
Synonym: Cercidium torreyanum, Cercidium floridum
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10°F (-12°C)
Heat Tolerance: Extremely heat resistant
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Southwestern California, Arizona, northwestern Mexico
Growth Habits: Drought deciduous tree, up to 30 feet tall (9 m), short trunk; smooth buish-green bark; leafless, or temporary bipinnate leaves, 0.4 to 0.8 inch long (1-2 cm), 1 pair of pinnae, 1 to 3 pairs of leaflets
Watering Needs: Little to moderate water
The Blue Palo Verde is still generally found under the name of 'Cercidium floridum'.
In the spring, the Blue Palo Verde is covered by light yellow flowers, 0.5 to 0.72 inch in diameter (12-18 mm).
Glabrous, flattened pods, 1.6 to 3.2 inch in diameter (4-8 cm), 0.3 to 0.4 inch wide (0.7-1 cm), with 1 to 8 seeds, often slightly constricted between the seeds. The seeds are olive-brown, oblong, 0.3 to 0.4 inch long (0.75-1 cm).