Covenant's Color Garden
Palo Verde, ‘Desert Museum’
If you’ve parked in Hermann Park’s parking lot on Hermann Drive, you have seen this tree. Its Spanish name means “green stick” due to its unusual green bark that participates in photosynthesis. This fast-growing tree with feathery leaves and yellow flowers casts a light shade. Native.
This is a deciduous holly tree whose leafless female trees are covered in red berries in the winter. Hollies are rather discrete about their gender until they set fruit, and the females are apparently indiscriminate about what kind of holly pollinates them. Two will go in the garden, but only one carries a few berries at this time. Nurseries usually carry the ornamental females, but it remains to be seen whether we have one of each or two females.