Mexican Palo Verde- Parkinsonia aculeata Tree
Mexican Palo Verde- Parkinsonia aculeata Tree
Mexican Palo Verde- Parkinsonia aculeata
Mexican Palo Verde features showy clusters of fragrant yellow pea-like flowers with a orange blotch at the ends of the branches from mid spring to mid fall. It has attractive green foliage throughout the season. The tiny oval compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy brown pods displayed in late fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.
Mexican Palo Verde is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Mexican Palo Verde is recommended for the following landscape applications:
* Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Mexican Palo Verde will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.
Mexican Palo Verde is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
This is a medium-sized tree with an open airy form, Parkinsonia aculeata makes for a notable garden accent with its green bark and spectacular flower display. Its pendulous compound foliage gives it a somewhat shaggy appearance and during the hot summer months its foliage drops off to reveal its sculptural form. In spring it blooms with showy sprays of golden yellow flowers with spotted orange throats, followed by long tan seed pods.
May bloom sporadically throughout the year depending on climate and weather. Prefers hot, dry spots and is not particular about soil type as long as it is well-draining. Plant in full sun. Needs only infrequent to no supplemental water once established but does appreciate the occasional deep watering.
Edible Features of Palo Verde
Palo Verde produce both edible flowers and seeds. The pods will dry in early summer. The pods can be collected either before or after the pods dry.
The Palo Verde has edible seeds that when immature, are edible raw, but can also be blanched and then can be pureed, frozen, canned, brined, fermented, or eaten in salads. Mature seeds can be toasted and ground into flour used for many things. Palo Verde beans are 41% protein.
Add water to the flour from the toasted seed to make Pinole, a thick porridge.
If harvested green taste test the few seeds to be sure they are sweet. If they are chalky, stop harvesting them as you have missed the early window. But don't despair. Just wait until the beans have ripened and harvest when they are dry.
The tree is currently growing in a one gallon container, but will be shipped with the roots wrapped in damp paper towels and with plastic and ready to plant upon arrival. The tree will be between 16” to 18” in height. Planting guidelines will also be included.We are a full service licensed plant nursery (B2915001).
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