We Woke Up To A Sad Sight This Morning

We Woke Up To A Sad Sight This Morning

Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla) with rotted trunk

During The Night Our Palo Verde Tree Collapsed

At first I thought that the rains had uprooted it, but instead it had broken off at the base of the trunk due to its own weight.

We grew it from a seed seven or eight years ago.

There will be no rest for me this afternoon, because I have to cut it up with a bolo and remove it. It will live on as the support structure for a great many orchids.

The Palo Verde is a little difficult to trim due to the large thorns on its branches:

the trunk of a palo vere tree closeup of thorns

I bumped my big toe into one of these thorns while chopping up the tree. I hurt immensely, but I failed to notice that the tip of the thorn had lodged under the toenail. It let me know a week later by turning green.

The Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla) is similar to the roma trees (Acacia farnesiana) that we use for a barrier thicket on our land. Both trees are believed to have originated from Central America. I spent many days trimming our roma trees last year and I still have a few scars to prove it. Roma are better than a fence or a wall, because no one in their right mind would dare attempt to climb over roma.

We will grow another Palo Verde to replace the one we have lost. A bit of swaying in the wind will strengthen the trunk of a tree, but too much (as was the case here) can topple the tree. To avoid this we intend to carefully prune our next Palo Verde tree to reduce windage.

It is unfortunate that Palo Verde is not good for smoking meats. Unlike the mesquite, the Palo Verde imparts a bitter taste. At least the orchids will have a nice new home.

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