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Cercidium microphyllum

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Species Name: Cercidium microphyllum
Common Name: Foothill paloverde or Littleleaf paloverde

Wonderful in a dry landscape. Extremely drought tolerant. Similar to Blue Palo Verde. Needs good drainage. Rare. Profuse bloomer with small amount of water.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 30' H x 30' W
Growth Habit: Open shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring and summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: List 4 / RED 1-1-1
Distribution: Limited distribution. Mojave desert. Arizona. Northwest Mexico.
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes. Elevation: around 1800'.

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