Littleleaf Palo Verde, Foothill Palo Verde
Scientific Name: Parkinsonia microphylla Torr.
Synonym: Cercidiopsis microphylla, Cercidium microphyllum
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 17°F (-9°C)
Heat Tolerance: Extremely heat resistant
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Southwestern California, Arizona, northwestern Mexico
Growth Habits: Drought deciduous, spiny shrub or tree, up to 30 feet tall (9 m); yellowish green bark; pubescent bipinnate leaves, pinnae with 4 to 8 pairs of very small leaflets
Watering Needs: Little to moderate water
The Foothill Palo Verde has pale yellow flowers, 0.32 to 0.5 inch in diameter (8-12 mm), in the spring.
Cylindrical 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 4 seeds. The seeds are brown, oblong, 0.3 inch long (0.75 cm).