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PlantFiles: Blue Palo Verde
Parkinsonia florida

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parkinsonia (PAR-kin-son-EE-a) (Info)
Species: florida (FLOR-id-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Cercidium floridum
Synonym:Cercidium torreyanum

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eaglenest10 On Jul 9, 2012, eaglenest10 from Alpine, CA wrote:

I live in Alpine, CA, 91901.

2 years ago we burned brush on the property.
Now there are baby Palo Verde trees growing in the remaining ashes & surrounding area.
They are growing & blooming robustly, with no irrigation.

Positive Xenomorf On Mar 23, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Mostly leafless, once in a while some temporary leaves in spring.
Springtime brings many bright little yellow flowers.
Very Heat tolerant.

A comparison between the flowers of five Palo Trees
--The Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia aculeata), the upper petal starts out with red dots that eventually grow bigger and turn the entire top petal to red.
--The Palo Brea (Parkinsonia praecox), the upper petal has smaller & fewer red dots than the Mexican Palo Verde (P. aculeata) that don't grow bigger.
--The Blue Palo Verde (Parkinsonia florida), the upper petal is always a solid yellow just like the other four petals.
--The Little Leaf Palo Verde (parkinsonia microphylla), the upper petal is solid, all white, and the remaining petals are yellow.
--The Palo Brasil (Haematoxylum brasiletto), has flowers similar to Parkinsonia sp., and the top yellow petal has red dendritic streaks.

Positive Ulrich On Mar 18, 2005, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

Palo Verde, or Paloverde, is native to our Southwest and comprises some of the chaparral in the mountains. When it blooms the most wonderful scent fills the air for miles around.
It has small leaves for only part of the year and tolerates very little water during the summer.
It grows readily from seed but is very susceptible to tent caterpillars. Alas, that's how I ultimately lost all of mine.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Quartzsite, Arizona
Salome, Arizona
Alpine, California
Bonsall, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Ridgecrest, California
Dunnellon, Florida
Dripping Springs, Texas
Port Isabel, Texas
Rockport, Texas

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