Yellow Blossoms
Blue Palo Verde

Blue Palo Verde

This is one of my most favorite times of year.

Throughout the desert Southwest, our iconic Palo Verde trees are beginning to bloom.

Gorgeous display of yellow

Gorgeous display of yellow

Drive down any street and you will undoubtedly see a gorgeous display of yellow.

Gorgeous display of yellow

There are 4 different types of Palo Verde trees that are commonly planted, which include the Blue Palo Verde (Parkinsonia floridium),  Palo Brea (Parkinsonia praecox), Foothills Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla) and my personal favorite ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde (Parkinsonia hybrid ‘Desert Museum’).

Interestingly, not all Palo Verde species bloom at the same time.  Right now, Blue Palo Verde trees are in full bloom, yet ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verdes will begin to bloom in earnest in a few weeks.

I can hardly wait for mine to start, it looked so beautiful last year…..

Gorgeous display of yellow

Yesterday, my husband and I went to visit the Riparian Preserve in nearby Gilbert.  I have visited a few times before and I am always struck by the beauty.  We saw so many different types of birds and I took lots of photos, which I will be posting soon on my Birds & Blooms blog.

I hope you are all having a good week so far.

I love spring…..just not the allergies that come with it 😉

Flowers Raining Down….

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
11 replies
  1. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    I have Parkinsonia aculeata, Jerusalem Thorn tree, grown from seed, two of them in two different pots and both are starting to bloom. Your trees are beautiful.

    FlowerLady

  2. Shady Gardener
    Shady Gardener says:

    It seems as though I've heard the Arizona allergies are credited to the plantings people make from other parts of the country when they move down there… true?

  3. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Hello Noelle, i still remember last year when you posted that Palo Verde, which i love so much. It is much nicer than our Cassia here or golden shower, very beautiful against the blue skies.

  4. ryan
    ryan says:

    They are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful trees in the world. Wish they were easier to grow and more common where I live. I would love to see these on every street.

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Ooooh. How sad. I just started reading your blog but I can understand how hard this is for you and your family. My girls lost a kitty within a year of it joining our family and it was very hard. Peaceful thoughts being sent your way…

  6. Rhonda T.
    Rhonda T. says:

    Hi Noelle,
    We must have a blue palo verde in our back yard – it is covered in yellow flowers and our ground is too! But it's beautiful and we love it!

  7. azplantlady
    azplantlady says:

    Hi Kristine,

    The Sonoran Green are not identical to Desert Museum trees. But, they are very similar. I actually have a Sonoran Green AND a Desert Museum.

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