|Photo credits: foliage © Ned Harris; flower, fruits © 2016 T. Beth Kinsey
The Blue Palo Verde blooms first around mid-March. When it has leaves, they are larger than those of the Foothills Palo Verde. Both can drop their leaves in drought conditions with no (major) ill effects; they can continue to photosynthesize in their stems and branches. The Blue Palo Verde has a 5 petaled flower, as you'd expect. All 5 petals are the same bright yellow. The Blue Palo Verde blooms earlier than the Foothills Palo Verde. The fruit is a pod. Dried fruits in the photo above.
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 3/19/2016
|Photo credits: foliage, flower © 2016 T. Beth Kinsey
fruits © 2000 ASDM
The Foothills Palo Verde has tiny leaves, but still the same line-down-the-middle-leaf-on-either-side pattern. The flower is 5 petaled with a white banner petal. When the fruits are first developing (bright green), they are tasty, like a snow pea.
Our state trees are perfect peas.