I have a palo verde in my front yard. Normally these desert trees don't have many leaves on them and are basically "green sticks" (palo verde = green stick, in Spanish). They do have very tiny leaves, to conserve moisture during the hot summer months. I bought this one at the Living Desert Reserve several years ago, in a 1 gallon pot. It is now over 6 feet tall and I have to trim it all the time! It is out front by our front fence, near the street. I have a couple of other ones in the yard and birds like to make their nests in them. I have another one, in the back yard, that naturalized, and came up on its own. It is now about 4 feet tall. The seeds need a LOT of water to sprout, but once they sprout, they grow very easily in our desert southwest. This one, however, has the most blooms, probably because it gets reflected heat from both the street and the fence behind it. SkyWatch Friday for April 3, 2009.