Portraits of Wildflowers

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One of the prettiest trees in Texas is the paloverde, Parkinsonia aculeata. The common name is Spanish for green branch, a reference to the green bark often found on this species. That aside, I think you’ll agree that a paloverde covered with yellow flowers, as this one was on April 23, is something to behold. (What you won’t behold is the Crate and Barrel outside of which this paloverde was flowering, nor the Whole Foods or any of the other stores on the opposite side of the parking lot. Let no one say that I don’t have a distinct point of view.)

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 5, 2012 at 5:21 AM

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  1. This is indeed quite pretty!!!


    July 5, 2012 at 8:08 AM

  2. Your point of view is the best!! What a gorgeous and lush tree!!

    Just A Smidgen

    July 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

  3. Love Paloverde – Beautiful:) Have a Great Day!


    July 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

  4. These always remind me of another Texas paloPalo Duro Canyon. These trees and the canyon are so different – no one would call the canyon “lush” – yet they’re equally beautiful. Interesting to think of how many lush yellow bloomers we do have.


    July 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    • I came close to accidentally stepping on a rattlesnake in Palo Duro Canyon a decade ago: that would have been duro! Then I might not have been around to document so many of our yellow flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

  5. Does this tree flower through a season? Or flower once and that’s it? Beautiful!


    July 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    • There seems to be a primary flowering in the spring, but I’ve noticed occasional flowerings later in the season as well. For example, a couple of weeks ago (just before I left on vacation) I saw some paloverdes flowering in Austin, though not as densely as in this picture from the spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  6. […] tree because of its green bark. Back in July you saw a springtime picture of this species’ dense yellow flowers, and now I’ll add that the tree also produces plenty of thorns, which, though they have no […]

  7. […] the paloverde tree, Parkinsonia aculeata, is a member of the legume family, it produces pods. Those pods start out […]

  8. […] where you can get a better look at them. This time what’s out of focus in the background is a paloverde tree, whose branches and leaves in their young light-greenness contrast with the red of the […]

  9. […] of a paloverde tree, Parkinsonia aculeata, whose green branches and leaves served as an out-of-focus background […]

  10. […] how colorful a paloverde can be when it’s covered with flowers, I invite you to check out a post from 2012. As for the word paloverde, which means green branch in Spanish, you’re welcome to look back […]

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