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Texas Paloverde

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TEXAS PALOVERDE
Cercidium texanum - Caesalpiniaceae, Caesalpinia Family

DESCRIPTION: 
  • Small spiny tree with zigzagged branches, bark and branches
    green.

  • Height: 12-20 feet.

  • Flowers: Bright yellow, spotted with red.

  • Fruit: 1 to 21/2-inch-long flat pod.

  • Foliage: Dense, dark leaflets-, deciduous during drought.

  • Bark: Thin, smooth, greenish; brown onold trunks.

  • Growth rate: Moderate.

 

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun (more common).

  • Soil: Any.

  • Drainage: Well-drained.

  • Water: Low; drought tolerant.

  • Maintenance: Avoid damaging bark.

  • Propagation: Seed; semihardwood cutting in fall.

 

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Brush-grassland.


WILDLIFE USE: 

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' recurved spines.

 

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