Palo Brea (Cercidium praecox)
The Palo Brea tree, Cercidium praecox, features graceful interwoven branches and a rich sculptural quality that brings beauty and elegance to any Southwestern landscape. From northern Mexico and the Sonoran Desert, this beautiful medium-sized specimen looks incredible when planted in open desert landscape gardens as well as xeriscape landscape designs. A Palo Brea tree is a very showy tree. It's prized for its bright yellow blooms that appear in mid-spring, creating a nice contrast with its green leaf colors and interesting form. Its smooth apple-green bark adds to its appeal and beauty, making it a favorite choice to adorn many landscape designs.
The impressive, semi-evergreen Palo Brea tree can produce an umbrella top with age, creating an excellent habitat for native birds. It produces a dramatic silhouette on walls and hardscapes, especially when lit-up with nighttime landscape lighting. Once established, the Palo Brea tree will need low to moderate water, so it's an excellent waterwise, drought tolerant plant for the Southwest. Since it requires low water, it's a tree that is ideally suited for arid landscapes, so best to keep it off the lawn.
The Cercidium praecox tree grows at a moderate to fast rate. It's a cold hardy tree that loves full sun exposure, too. Buy as big as you can to have this beautiful and interesting looking specimen tree enhancing your landscape. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow and nurture the finest quality Palo Brea trees anywhere! Our inventory includes Cercidium praecox trees available in a variety of sizes. Feel free to speak with our nursery pro for placement ideas or take advantage of our free design consultation!
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Beautiful branch structure and smooth apple-green bark
Bright yellow blooms appear in mid-spring
Grows well in all soils and prefers good drainage
Low maintenance and loves full sun