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PlantFiles: Desert Museum Palo Verde
Parkinsonia 'Desert Museum'

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parkinsonia (PAR-kin-son-EE-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Desert Museum

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive southeastgarden On Sep 3, 2014, southeastgarden from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have three of these in sandy soil in hot parking lot islands in Jacksonville, Florida. They have grown well for three years. Compared to the more common Parkinsonia aculeata, flowers appear in relatively small numbers but repeatedly through the summer. With the open canopy of this plant, I don't have to worry about blocking security lighting.

Neutral palmbob On Jun 23, 2013, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this variety has some advantages over some of the true Parkinsonia species- one is lack of spines, and another is it's an evergreen (keeps its leaves all winter).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Ridgecrest, California
San Diego, California
Valley Center, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Henderson, Nevada

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