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Parkinsonia Aculeata

Botanical Name:

Parkinsonia aculeata

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Full Sun
6+ hours of direct sun per day
Soil
Well-drained soils of any type: sands, loams, clays, caliche, etc. Does well in disturbed soils and poor soils and tolerates salinity and occasional flooding.
Heat Tolerant
yes
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Trees, Shrub or small tree up to 8(13) m high., Tree

Lifespan

Perennial, Perennial, Deciduous

Plant Height

12-36 ft.

Flower

Flowers in fairly lax racemes up to 20 cm long; bracts up to 2 mm long, caducous; pedicels 7–16 mm long excluding the elongate lower part of the hypanthium., Flowers in 5-6 inch racemes

Fruit

Pods (2)3–12(15) × 0.5–0.8 cm, linear, compressed, usually ± straight, constricted between the seeds, glabrous, light grey-brown; seeds up to 8 but commonly only 1–4 developing, c.9 × 6 × 2.5 mm, elliptic-oblong, light brown with dark markings., Light green, 2-4 inch legume

Benefits
Ornamental

A popular, fast-growing tree widely used as an ornamental and hedge plant in warm regions.

Attracts

Birds

Butterflies

Taxonomy

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Genus

Parkinsonia L. – paloverde

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