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Foothill Palo Verde

Foothill Palo Verde

Regular price $95.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $95.00 USD
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Plant Type: Trees
Plant Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full sun


The Foothill Palo Verde, scientifically known as Parkinsonia microphylla, is a native tree of the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. Renowned for its drought resistance and striking floral display, it plays a critical role in its native ecosystem, providing habitat and food for local wildlife while offering ornamental value in landscapes.

Growing to about 15 to 20 feet tall and wide, with the potential to reach up to 30 feet under optimal conditions, the Foothill Palo Verde is characterized by its open, spreading canopy and light green, photosynthetic bark. This unique adaptation allows the tree to perform photosynthesis even when leaves are scarce, particularly during drought conditions. The foliage consists of small, delicate leaves that are drought-deciduous, reducing water loss by dropping leaves during dry periods.

In spring, the tree is adorned with clusters of bright yellow flowers that cover the branches, creating a stunning contrast against the desert landscape. These blooms are not only visually appealing but also provide a vital nectar source for bees and other pollinators. Following the flowering period, the tree produces pods that serve as a food source for various desert animals.

Adapted to full sun, the Foothill Palo Verde thrives in well-draining soil and is highly tolerant of drought, heat, and poor soil conditions, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and sustainable landscaping projects. Its natural beauty and ecological value make it a popular choice for naturalized areas, desert gardens, and as a focal point in water-wise landscape designs.

Overall, the Foothill Palo Verde is a valuable and attractive tree for dry, sunny landscapes, offering both aesthetic appeal and environmental benefits. Its drought tolerance, ease of care, and stunning spring bloom make it a favored choice for gardeners and landscape designers looking to incorporate native, low-water-use plants into their outdoor spaces.

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