Cercidium texanum - Caesalpiniaceae, Caesalpinia Family
Small spiny tree with zigzagged
branches, bark and branches
Height: 12-20 feet.
Flowers: Bright yellow, spotted with
Fruit: 1 to 21/2-inch-long flat pod.
Foliage: Dense, dark leaflets-,
deciduous during drought.
Bark: Thin, smooth, greenish; brown
Growth rate: Moderate.
Sun: Partial shade to full sun (more
Water: Low; drought tolerant.
Maintenance: Avoid damaging bark.
Propagation: Seed; semihardwood
cutting in fall.
Bees and butterflies use; deer browse; birds and rodents eat
seeds. Similar to retama with a few differences: paloverde is more drought
tolerant; trunk is green like the branches; foliage is denser-, similar flowers
bloom for a shorter period; straight short spines are not as vicious as retamas'