A few weeks ago I described my quest to find a palo verde tree for our front yard. That post ended with me ordering two ‘Desert Museum’ palo verdes from the Sacramento branch of Village Nurseries which were supposed to be ready for pickup on Monday, September 23. So what happened after that?
While Village Nurseries primarily caters to landscape professionals, they do sell to the public and even have small garden center with a selection of popular plants
It took a few extra days but eventually my trees arrived. I picked them up on Sunday, September 30, the day after I got back from the 2013 Succulent Extravaganza in Castroville. They were in 15-gallon cans and a good 7 ft tall. It took a bit of jostling but they fit comfortably in our van. An old rug and towel and a few Amazon boxes helped secure them.
Here they are at home. Looking very healthy!
The leaves are tiny, which gives palo verdes a light and airy look
I didn’t have time during the week to plant them but on Saturday, October 5, they finally went in the ground. I made sure to plant them on a slight mound to ensure better drainage during the winter. In our climate that’s always a good idea with desert plants.
One tree went outside the front yard fence, a few feet from where the large emerald bamboo (Bambusa textilis ‘Mutabilis’) had been. It looks a bit lost there right now but it will fill in nicely in the next couple years. And once I’ve replanted the area where the bamboo had been, this section won’t seem so bare.
Palo verde peeking over the front yard fence
The second tree went in the driveway succulent bed that separates our property from our neighbor’s.
I took this opportunity to completely redo this bed. I removed most of what was there and put in some new favorites, including six agaves, a red bird of paradise, and two Dioon edule. Check this post for all the details.
It took a lot of time and effort to source these palo verdes, but it was all worth it. I love these trees, and they will be a major distinguishing feature of our front yard landscaping for years to come. My hope is that as water rates in Davis continue their inexorable rise (they’re supposed to triple in the next few years), more and more people will switch to xeric plants, and more desert natives like palo verdes will become available in local nurseries.