Retama

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Retama

Parkinsonia texana
Paloverde, Girasol, Jerusalem Thorn
12

30 feet
15

30 feet
Southwestern US and Mexico
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

Full sun; deciduous and fast-growing, with abundant thorns, ribbon-like leaves and yellow paloverde flowers in spring (and occasionally throughout the warm season). Retama has the ability to shed its leaves during severe drought, continuing photosynthesis using its green bark. Retama is an early pioneer in plant succession, quickly appearing in any overgrown field or newly cleared land. Many are only familiar with it as thorny brush, but if allowed to mature it makes a nice shade for walkways and patios.

Maintenance

Pruning and training to remove deadwood.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
12-30' H, 15-30' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Orange, Yellow
Bloom Time:
April, May, June, July, August
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Branches bear aggressive thorns.
Coupon Eligible:
No

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