Facts about Parkinsonia florida tree. The Parkinsonia florida is a variety of Palo Verde plant that belongs to the genus Parkinsonia of the Caesalpinieae family. The scientific name of the plant is Cercidium floridum, and it hails from the Sonoran Deserts, located in the Southwestern part of the United States and Northwestern part of Mexico. The Parkinsonia florida shrub is chiefly found in abundance in the Sonoran Colorado Desert of the southeastern parts of California, and in the Sonoran Deserts of the southern parts of Arizona. Parkinsonia florida tree is also found primarily in arid region washes or bajadas, a consequence of its necessity for water, even though occasionally it can be seen in creosote desert wash habitat, contacting seeps in desert hills at a height of 3,600 feet (1,100 m). The Parkinsonia florida trees can also be seen in the far eastern parts of the Mojave Desert of California State in the higher Lower Colorado River Basin, and sporadically in the mountains of the Mojave.
Features of the Parkinsonia florida shrub
The Parkinsonia florida tree is capable of growing to a maximum height, ranging from 33 feet to 39 feet (10 meters to 12 meters). It is a fast growing big shrub or a tiny tree, and this plant variety appears more decumbent in general form, which is taller, and grows more rapidly when compared to other plant varieties in its family.
The trunk of the Parkinsonia florida tree, its leaves and branches appear with blue-green color, so the plant attained its common name. The leaves of the plant are alternate, typically with only two main leaflets each with a length of 1/2 inches (1.25 cm). The Parkinsonia florida tree is famine-deciduous, dropping its foliage for the majority of the year, leafing out subsequent to rainfall. Photosynthesis is achieved by the blue-green color twigs and branches, irrespective of the absence of the leaves of the plant.
The Parkinsonia florida shrub offers flowers during the late spring. The flowers of the plant look like a pea, and they appear bright yellow in color. The Parkinsonia florida tree offers copious flowers, such that they cover the entire tree. The flowers of this plant are the chief attractors to pollinators, such as beetles, bees and flies. They are trailed by seed pods that are somewhat bigger and flatter and include harder coverings than the foothill paloverde. The flowers of the Parkinsonia Floridais plant are a food resource for little rodents and birds.
The Parkinsonia florida plant offers fruits that get matured during the summer season. The fruits of the plant are found in light brown in color, with the size ranging from 2 inches to 3 inches ( 5 cm to 7.5 cm), and they will drop swiftly when they ripe.
Uses of the Parkinsonia florida tree
The beans of the Parkinsonia florida tree were employed as a food resource, and the wood of the plant is used for making ladles, by the native Mojave, Quechan, and Pima inhabitants. This plant is grown as a decorative plant and tree by field plant nurseries, for planting as a flowering shrub or multi-trunked little tree in famine tolerant and nature gardens of appropriate types of weather. The plant provides a strange green-blue color silhouette in backyards, and dexterously patterned light shadow over the patios.
The maximum lifespan of the Parkinsonia florida shrub is 100 years.