Parkinsonia Parkinsonia aculeata

Parkinsonia Parkinsonia aculeata, commonly known as Mexican Palo Verde or Jerusalem thorn, is a species of tree in the Fabaceae family. It is native to Mexico and parts of Central America, but has been introduced to other parts of the world, including the southwestern United States, Australia, and Africa. The tree typically grows to a height of 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) with a spread of 20-30 feet (6-9 meters). It has a distinctive shape with a narrow, upright crown and sparse leaves. The leaves are small and pinnate, and the leaflets give the tree a delicate look. The bark is greenish-brown and smooth when young, but becomes rough and cracked with age.

is a drought-tolerant tree that can survive in a variety of soil types, including sandy and rocky soils. It is also tolerant of saline soils and can grow in coastal areas. The tree produces yellow flowers in spring and summer, followed by 2-4 inch (5-10 cm) long seed pods that contain several seeds. In addition to its ornamental value, Parkinsonia aculeata has several practical uses. The wood is strong and durable, making it suitable for fence posts and tool handles.

The tree also has medicinal properties and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including diarrhea, fever and respiratory infections. However, Parkinsonia aculeata can also be invasive in some areas, particularly in Australia and parts of Africa, where it has been introduced. The tree can spread rapidly and outcompete native vegetation, reducing biodiversity and damaging ecosystems. Therefore, it is considered a noxious weed in some areas.