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Everyone appreciates cool shade on a hot day. But in urban settings in the arid west, trees provide benefits beyond the shade they cast.
Researchers at the Center for Urban Forest Research in Davis, CA, have been working since 1992 to quantify the benefits that trees provide.
However, with water supplies dwindling as population grows, arborists must help educate the general public on how to maximize these benefits while conserving resources. Trees provide a multitude of benefits.
During hot months, the obvious benefit is savings on air conditioning, usually powered by electricity.
Saving money on power bills will be the most apparent advantage that can be sold to residential and commercial clients, as well as to municipalities that are implementing tree care budgets.
There are other less obvious yet quantifiable benefits. Mature trees increase property values. Not only do they increase “curb appeal,” research shows that residential properties with trees fetch a higher selling price than those without.
DESCRIPTION: Tree to 30-40′ high. Bark bluish-green and smooth.
Spines are small (0.25″), green, and straight. Leaves are bipinnately compound, with three or fewer secondary leaflets per primary leaflet (versus four or more in Foothills Palo Verde).
Flowers are bright yellow and 5-petaled (all petals are bright yellow in contrast to Foothills Palo Verde that has its largest petal white).
Flowers in spring (April), usually before Foothills Palo Verde in the same area. Fruit is a flat pod starting green and turning yellow.
Fabaceae (Legume) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: The Blue and Foothills Palo Verdes are Arizona’s State Tree.
Paloverde means “green stick” in Spanish, referring to the smooth, green bark in which photosynthesis takes place.
This allows the tree to drop its leaves (drought deciduous) to conserve water, yet still photosynthesize. Compared to Foothills Palo Verde, Blue Palo Verdes need more water thus tend to be more restricted to washes and roadsides.
The seeds are very hard, thus are not as easily eaten by humans, but you should hear what it sounds like when Javelina crunch up the seeds with their strong teeth.
The seeds need to be scarified (abraded, as occurs in flash floods or digestive tracts) or weathered underground a few years before germination occurs.
The flowers are an important source of nectar and pollen for many species of solitary bees, butterflies as well as other insects.
My tips on growing a Palo Verde tree from a seed, go to this link HERE
There's also a species called "Desert Museum"
It's named after the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
According to a Los Angeles Times article,
the name was created about thirty years ago when staff members at the museum
began to notice the thorn-less paloverde trees that bloomed throughout the summer.
They can easily live a century
The Foothills Palo Verde can live to be about 100 years old. Some can even age up to 400 years.