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Blue Palo Verde Tree.

DESCRIPTION: Tree to 26-30′ 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 other the Foothills Palo Verde trees that has a larger white petal. 

Flowers in spring (April), usually before Foothills Palo Verde in the same area. The 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 they are not as easily eaten by humans, but you should hear what it sounds like when the 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 and Humming Birds and as well as other insects.

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How to Grow The Blue Palo Verde Parkinsonia Florida from Seeds

Things You’ll Need That We Usually Get from Amazon

Planter pots, 5 to 6-inch or larger

Peat moss

Organic compost

1.

Gather the seeds in late summer or early autumn after pods dry out and turn light brown. Shake the seed pod and listen for a rattling sound, which indicates that the seeds have fully dried out. (This step has already been done for you)

2.

Snip off the ends of the seed pods with pruning shears and pry them open to extract the seeds. Pick out the flat, light brown seeds. Inspect each seed for signs of pest damage or mold. Discard any that have obvious signs of damage. (This step has already been done for you) Important: Nick the end of each Palo Verde seed with a utility knife. Press the blade against the seed coat until it is deeply incised but not completely punctured. Or: File the seed at either end until the seed coating is showing a cream color. Then soak the nicked or filed seeds in warm water overnight to further weaken the hard, impermeable seed coat. (This step is very important)

3.

Prepare a planting container for each seed. Use 5 to 6-inch plastic pots with at least two drainage holes at the base. Fill the pots with a mixture of 2 parts coarse sand, 1 part compost, and 1 part perlite. Add water to the mixture until it feels moderately moist in the top 2 inches.

4.

Sow one seed in each pot. Make a planting hole that is 1/4 to 1 inch deep. Place the seed inside the hole and cover it with a loose layer of the growing mixture. Spread a 1/4-inch-thick layer of mulch over the surface to help hold moisture in the soil.

5.

Place the pots inside a lightly shaded cold frame. Warm the pots to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit using a germination mat. Check the moisture level in the growing mixture each morning. Add water whenever it feels barely damp in the top 1/2 inch

6.

Watch for the first seedlings in approximately one to two weeks. Remove the germination mat once the seeds sprout. Continue to water whenever the growing mixture dries out in the top 1/2 inch.

7.

Grow the seedlings in a very lightly shaded area of the garden during their first summer. Provide 1 inch of water each week during the summer months. Acclimate the seedlings to direct sun in late summer so they won’t wilt after transplant

8.

Transplant your saplings into a permanent bed in early autumn after the first rainfall. Choose a sunny planting site with sandy, fast-draining soil. Space multiple trees at least 15-20 feet apart.