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Interesting Facts

Parkinsonia is endemic to the dry regions, such as savannas and scrublands, of Africa, Central America, and Southern North America. The common name "Palo Verde" comes from its green bark, which is able to photosynthesize.  Palo Verde is Spanish for "green stick".

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Foothills Palo Verde   (Parkinsonia microphylla)

Little-leaf Palo Verde

Parkinsonia includes deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees with narrow leaves and clusters of pea-like flowers.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Tree
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 15 feet to 25 feet
Width: 20 feet to 25 feet
Zones: 8b to 11b
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring
Leaf Color: Blue, Green, Yellow
Special Features: North American native
Shape: Rounded
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Sow seeds in spring.

Plant Growth:

Growth is rapid at first but eventually slows. Grows best in full sun with low humidity. Works well as a hedge or in a shrub border. Tree species are nice specimen plants.


Blooms in the spring for an extended period of time, and then intermittently throughout the year. Followed by sometimes woody pea-like pods.

Soil and Irrigation:

Does best with rich, well-draining soils.


Implement a balanced liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis between spring and summer.


Remove crossing shoots, annually, in late winter or early spring, to maintain a healthy framework. Plants grown indoors may require extensive pruning after the flowering season.


Spider mites. Parkinsonia is also prone to galls, dieback, leaf spots, and mushroom root rot.