Blue Palo Verde (Cercidium floridum)


Blue Palo Verde

Cercidium floridum

  • Distinctive blue-green leaves
  • Vibrant yellow blossoms in the spring
  • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Light, airy texture

Blue Palo Verde features a classic look that makes it a perfect choice for showcasing in front yards or a backyard courtyard. Its botanical name is Cercidium floridum, and this Southwestern native grows along washes and valleys in its native habitat and looks right at home in any Houston landscape. This small to medium sized deciduous tree is prized for its distinctive blue-green leaves and branches and creates a stunning scene in the spring when the branches have the vibrant little yellow blossoms! These yellow flowers are aromatic and attract a variety of birds and butterflies into your garden too. We love to plant them in front yards and light them with nighttime landscaping lighting to highlight the sculptural form and set the ‘wow’ factor on high. If you are looking to bring some much-needed curb appeal to your property, you will love this Palo Verde tree.

These are fast growing trees that love to grow in a spot that receives plenty of full sun exposure. Since they are native to desert areas, Blue Palo Verde trees are highly durable with a high soil tolerance and require low to moderate water needs once established. These are a great addition to any water-wise landscape and look incredible as a stand-alone specimen or as part of a colorful garden!

These Blue Palo Verde trees are fast becoming a favorite in Houston. People quickly fall in love with the stunning display of colors. Also, since they are a no fuss tree, anyone looking to add a flowering tree to their landscape will appreciate their ease of care. Visit any of our huge nurseries, and we will be glad to help you select the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard!


First of the Palo Verde species to bloom in the spring

Faster grower especially for a Palo Verde species

Drought and cold tolerant

Yellow-green foliage and green trunks provide vibrant colors