blue paloverde Fabaceae Parkinsonia florida (Benth. ex A. Gray) S. Watson Listen to the Latin symbol: PAFL6 Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: Jerusalem thorn - yellow paloverde
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Additional Range Information:
Parkinsonia florida is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting blue paloverde.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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