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Parkinsonia texana var. texana (Gray) S. Wats.
Palo-verde, Texas palo-verde, Texas paloverde
Synonyms: Cercidium texanum
USDA Symbol: PATET2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This green-limbed, deciduous shrub is often flat-topped and 6-15 ft. tall. It rises from a short, crooked trunk with lower semi-prostrate branches or is multi-trunked. The zig-zag branches, armed at each node with a needle-like thorn, bear colorful, yellow flowers and twice pinnate leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
TX Native Distribution:
S. TX & adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Semi-desert scrub USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Appropriate for hot, dry sites and poor soils.
PropagationDescription: Easily grown from untreated seed. Can be rooted from semi-hardwood cuttings taken in the fall or softwood cuttings taken in the summer. Fall-rooted cuttings will need winter protection.
Seed Collection: Gather pods in late summer as they begin to turn yellow-brown and dry. Seeds are often infested with weevils so early collection is recommended.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff