blue paloverde Fabaceae Parkinsonia florida
Leaf:Alternate, bipinnately compound, usually with only 2 major leaflets each about 1/2 inch long, blue-green and short lived.
Flower:Loose clusters of bright yellow flowers with 5 lobes, entire flower 3/4 inch across, appearing in spring and early summer.
Fruit:Two to 3 inch flat legume, light brown, mature in the summer and drop quickly.
Twig:Slender, blue-green and smooth, straight spine at base of leaf.
Bark:Initially smooth and green, later turning light brown and a bit scaly.
Form:Short tree (up to 30 feet tall) with a crooked trunk and a wide spreading crown with many fine branches, leafless for much of the year.