Foliage Friday: Palo Verde

This Foliage Friday is in honor of Palo Alto. I likely won’t see these trees for a looooong time. And I’m not sad about it. Portland feels like being in a jungle after living in the dry desert landscape of California.

This tree is the Palo Verde. I’ve heard of it before – it provides a rare source of shade in the desert, but I’d never seen one in real life, until I noticed it blooming in the Arizona desert on Stanford’s campus.

The tree blooms for a brief time in the spring, and stops blooming when it gets too hot in the summer. The blossoms and seeds are actually edible, but I didn’t know this at the time, so I didn’t try them. The Palo Verde doesn’t really have leaves – just these needle-like things – but as you see, it’s bark is green (hence Palo Verde). That’s because it contains chlorophyll! Most of the plants energy comes from its bark. How neat!

Cool tree (no pun intended?). I’m glad I got to see it, but I won’t miss it. See ya, California!

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