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Cercidium floridum

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Cercidium floridum
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Cercidium floridum

Species Name: Cercidium floridum
Common Name: Blue Palo Verde

Spectacular specimen tree. Stunning blue-green trunk with bright yellow blooms in early summer. Beautifies a garden with its light, airy texture. Very drought tolerant. Recommended as specimen in courtyard.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 20-30' H x 20' W
Growth Habit: Upright, airy
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring and summer
Flower Color: Bright yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Sonoran Desert to Arizona
Natural Habitat: Washes, flood plains to 3500'.

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A beautiful deciduous tree of spreading habit, with bright green trunk and branches, small bipinnate leaves and a perfect shower of yellow flowers. Found at Palm Springs and many other places on the desert. Should be planted in a sandy soil. This is the true Palo Verde of the California deserts and must not be confused with the Parkinsonia aculeata, which has been planted at Palm Springs and many other places, but which is not a native of California. Gallon cans, 60c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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