Friday, May 29, 2009

Palo Verde Tree in Bloom

We have been enjoying the blooms on the Palo Verde trees in the Valley. They only bloom for a short time around April to May. The rest of the year they are only green.

When they bloom, I call it popcorn popping on the Palo Verde tree. It does look like popcorn. 

I like the bright yellow contrast with the blue sky as I drive around Scottsdale and see these big trees in bloom.

The second photo shows how the little yellow flowers turn into carpet for the desert floor. They cover cactus, granite and dirt.

The area around these trees becomes awash with this yellow glow. 

Palo Verde trees need very little water and thrive in the Sonoran Desert environment in which we live. It is the one tree you can count on for shade when hiking in the desert.

28 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime beaucoup la deuxième photo, cela fait jardin féerique, recouvert d'or.
I like the second photograph very much, it makes enchanting garden, covered with gold.

Sharon said...

I love the yellow carpet. I like the way the flowers pile up in corners and at the curb when the wind blows. It does make things look like they are glowing.

henny said...

My favorite color combination, yellow and blue. Happy weekend, Julie and Dave.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

Fascinating... "Green Wood" sprouting yello flowers. LOVE THAT CARPET!

josé luis said...

Bello contraste entre el cielo azul y el amarillo de ese árbol, Palo verde. Tiene que ser una maravilla.

Clueless in Boston said...

I too like the yellow against the blue sky; it is very striking and together makes my favorite color:)

The desert floor covered with the yellow (popcorn) leaves looks kind of cool.

Prospero said...

Julie, that Palo Verde carpet is pretty amazing.

Don and Krise said...

They remind me of Forsythia blossoms. That second photo is great.

Jacob said...

What is really great about your blog is not merely the great photos, but your ability to show the Arizona desert in all its glory. It's hard to imagine for someone who's never been there...or driven through mid-summer.

pasadenaadjacent said...

I need that tree. I haven't been able to find them here in the big box stores

altadenahiker said...

Now I'm hungry for popcorn. Hmmm, pa, I'll look into availability. I'd like one too

Christopher said...

I love those small barrel-like cactuses. So cool. Once I took one from the desert when I was 12 and brought it all the way home from Arizona. In the early 1980's this was practically legal. It is still growing strong.

Frankie / Nick said...

Arizona is indeed a very diverse and intersting state with it's own unique beauty. Thank you for sharing it.

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