Paloverde – Parkinsonia aculeata

Paloverde is a native of the Lower Rio Grande Valley & Mexico but it has naturalized in north Texas in some areas where it has escaped from cultivation.  It has green bark & twigs, which help it photosynthesize after dropping its leaves during drought conditions.  The yellow flowers add a whisy delicate look.  The Paloverde also has thorns so if you use this small tree in your landscape, make sure it is away from well-traveled areas of your yard.