Foothill Palo Verde Leaves Blue Palo Verde Flower
Common Name Foothills Palo Verde
Latin Name Cercidium microphyllum
Native Habitat Washes mostly below 4,000 feet in Mojave and Sonoran Deserts
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, low organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month during dry seasons
Height X Width 15 feet X 15 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Drought and cold deciduous
Garden Suitability Songbird
Ornamental Value Green branches, yellow flowers two weeks in spring, seed pod matures on late summer
Nature Value Prevents erosion, flowers attract bees and butterflies, seeds eaten by birds and other wildlife
Native American Uses Beans ground into pinole and eaten raw
Links  
    Article  
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Cercidium_microphyllum.html
    Images and data http://wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/trees_fpv.htm
    Images and data http://www.aridzonetrees.com/AZT%20Interactive%20Buttons/Tree%20Index/Cut%20sheets/Cercidium/Cercidium%20microphyllum.htm
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/PaloVerdeFoothills/PaloVerdeFoothills.htm
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?stat=BROWSE&query_src=photos_flora_sci&where-genre=Plant&where-taxon=Cercidium+microphyllum&title_tag=Cercidium+microphyllum
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/190.htm
    Distribution map http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1876
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