Parkinsonia aculeata (Retama) #20727 Palo Verde Hybrid 'Desert Museum', Parkinsonia aculeata Leaves Parkinsonia aculeata - Jerusalem Thorn (Mexican Paloverde)
Common Name Jerusalem Thorn
Latin Name Parkinsonia aculeata
Native Habitat Washes mostly below 1,500 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 Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Green branches, yellow flowers for long period 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  
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinsonia_aculeata
    Images and data http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/park_acu.cfm
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PAAC3
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Parkinsonia_aculeata.html
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/yellows/yellow54.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=6069
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM08478&sp=Parkinsonia%20aculeata
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Parkinsonia%20aculeate.pdf
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=1195
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=paac3
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