Parkinsonia aculeata

Parkinsonia aculeata

Mexican palo verde

Spiny, fast growing and aggressive deciduous or semi-deciduous tree up to 25 ft. tall with equal spread. Typically found in moist valley soils, it may form dense thickets. The yellow flowers are showy and fragrant, blooming spring and summer. The foliage and pods have been used as emergency forage for livestock and are consumed by wildlife as well.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
15 
- 25 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
11 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Average
Moderately Fine: 
Marginal
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Best
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
54.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
3,100
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Yellow
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer