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Life without leaves
Palo Verde (pa-lo VER-day) is Spanish for “green stick”. That is what this plant looks like because Palo Verde do not have leaves during dry periods. Their green branches and twigs contain chlorophyll so the plant can convert sunlight and nutrients into food without leaves.
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.