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RETAMA Lluvia de Oro
Parkinsonia aculeata - Caesalpiniaceae, Caesalpinia Family

 

DESCRIPTION: 
  • 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 during drought.

  • Bark: Green when young; scaly, brown on older trunks.

  • Growth rate: Fast.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Full (partial shade to full sun).

  • Soil: Any.

  • 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.

  • Propagation: Seed.

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Wooded areas near rivers and resacas.

WILDLIFE USE: 

Leaves and pods feed deer and livestock-, bees use flowers when preferred plants are absent; doves and bobwhites use seeds

COMMENTS:

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.

 

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