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Jerusalem Thorn, Mexican Palo Verde
Scientific Name: Parkinsonia aculeata
Synonym: Parkinsonia thornberi
Family: Fabaceae
Jerusalem Thorn, Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia  aculeata) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-29
USDA: 8-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20 F (-6 C)

Heat Tolerance: Extremely heat resistant

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: From Mexico to northern South America

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, up to 30 feet tall (9 m)

Watering Needs: Little to moderate water

Propagation: Seeds

The genus Parkinsonia is named after John Parkinson, an English gardener of the 17th century.

Jerusalem Thorn, Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia  aculeata)

Cultural Practices:
This Parkinsonia can be attacked by the palo verde borers that destroy the roots, and eventually can cause the death of part the tree.
It is a thorny tree, so care should be taken when planting it that it won't interfere with any passage around it.

Blooming Habits:
The Jerusalem Thorn produces masses of yellow flowers in late spring.

Fruiting Habits:

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