RETAMA Lluvia de Oro
Parkinsonia aculeata - Caesalpiniaceae, Caesalpinia Family
Attractive, small, diffuse tree with
green branches armed with weakly recurved spines, drooping feathery foliage and
showy bright-yellow flowers.
Height: 15-30 feet.
Flowers: Bright yellow with red
within; blooms throughout most of the year.
Fruit: 2 to 4-inch-long pods.
Foliage: Deciduous; leaflets drop
Bark: Green when young; scaly, brown
on older trunks.
Growth rate: Fast.
Sun: Full (partial shade to full
Drainage: Good to low, frequent on
poorly drained sites.
Water.- Low, drought tolerant; slightly salt tolerant.
Maintenance: Usually free of insect
pests and disease; can train to single trunk or prune back to form a shrub;
abundant seed litter.
Wooded areas near rivers and resacas.
Leaves and pods feed deer and
livestock-, bees use flowers when preferred plants are absent; doves and
bobwhites use seeds
Pods ground as flour, tea steeped
from leaves for treating diabetes and as fever remedy; fuel; papermaking.
Provides an area with fast-growing filtered shade; continual blooming of
flamboyant flowers and unusual feathery foliage make this a good accent tree in
patios, courtyards or other small areas.