Desert Museum



Plant of the Month


Desert Museum
Photos: Nick Ruddick



Parkinsonia x ‘Desert Museum’
(Sometimes sold as Cercidium x ‘Desert Museum’)

Common Name: Desert Museum Palo Verde

Growth Habit: This is a semi-deciduous, fast growing, medium sized tree reaching to a mature height of 25-30’ by 25-35’ wide. It provides a soft, filtered shade given its many small leaves and spreading growth habit.

Cultural Requirements:
A hybrid tree native to Arizona, it performs well in high temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as 15 degrees F. It prefers full sun it is very drought tolerant once established.

Features/Uses:
Unlike other Palo Verdes, this tree is thornless. It is a spectacular specimen tree with a beautiful green trunk and branches that contrast well with its striking yellow flowers in the spring. A great choice for a street tree this specimen will also attract birds into the landscape.

Bloom Time: Bright yellow flowers in late spring to early summer.

Where in the Garden:
California Gardenscapes. We have several planted on the east side of the garden since this tree prefers the warmer temperatures and can effected by powdery mildew if planted near the coast.




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