Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata) Plant Profile!

After a long break, we are happy to continue our individual Texas native plants profiles and today we will put the spotlight on Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata).


From the entry:

“Retama is extremely drought tolerant, and will survive on as little as 12 inches of rain annually. Very long blooming period of yellow clusters of flowers are a wonderful plus. Palo verde’s green bark is another unique and exquisite feature of this Texas native tree. Some hybrid verities that were developed are thornless with larger blooms. Do not plant near pools as it will shed a good size of seeds. Overall, a highly recommended, Xeriscape landscaped design worthy, Texas native flowering tree. Fun fact: Palo verde’s green bark is a drought coping mechanism. On especially harsh droughts it will slowly drop leaves and branches to conserve precious moisture; Its green bark will allow photosynthesis to continue.”


What do you think about Retama? Do you grow it yourself? What kind of experience and insights you have to share? We love featuring our readers’ plant pictures and Xeriscapes!

One thought on “Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata) Plant Profile!

  1. Humberto Canul says:

    in the past 3 years the plant of Retama, save 3 friends life using this plant , all 3 they aré having diálisis, tree weeks ago one them she star to have dialysis , now just get back to her activities only tree weeks my friends

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