Paloverde, pä´lō-věr'dā, a tree or shrub with pale-green bark. The name is Spanish for “green stick.” The tree may grow to 25 feet (8 m). It is leafless most of the year, because the leaves drop off as soon as they mature. The bright yellow flowers are followed by three-inch (7.5-cm) pods. The paloverde is found in arid regions of Central America, Mexico, and the southwestern United States. It is the state tree of Arizona.
Cercidium torreyanum is a species of paloverde tree native to the United States and Mexico. The paloverde belongs to the family Leguminosae.