Botanical Name: Cercidium microphyllum Add
Common Name: Foothills Palo Verde  
Plant photo of: Cercidium microphyllum
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Shade Tree, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This is a smaller shade tree that reaches heights and widths of 10'-20'. The tree is very drought-tolerant, although supplemental watering during the dry season will speed up growth rate. Trees are leafless for most of the year, except following rains.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.