SelecTree: Tree Detail
LITTLE LEAF PALO VERDE
Photo Locations: University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Claremont, CA and The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA
Utility friendly tree.
This tree is similar to C. floridum but its bark, leaves and flowers have a yellowish green color. Deciduous tree growing to 35 feet.
Native to Southern California.
Additional Common Names
LITTLE LEAF PALO VERDE, FOOTHILLS PALO VERDE, LITTLE-LEAVED PALO VERDE
Erect with a Low Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 feet.
Width: 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Pinnately Compound Odd, Light Green, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown or Mostly Green Legume, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.
Bark Green or Orange, Exfoliating or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 8 - 14 and 18 - 20.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Neutral to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Parkinsonia microphylla Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 14, 2021.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/parkinsonia-microphylla >