The Palo Brea grows into a small to medium size deciduous tree, reaching 20-25 ft. high and as wide. Trunks and branches are very distinctive due to their bright chartreuse-green bark and twisting branch character. Medium green leaves are bipinnately divided into 1-2 pairs of leaflets and attach to stems covered with many thorns. Early spring is a time when a very showy display of colorful yellow flowers occurs. This attractive tree, native to hot and summer dry climates It’s attractive green bark and intense spring flower display make it ideally suited as a specimen feature among boulders, in raised planters and with other plants from the Southwest. Plant in well-drained soils but monthly irrigation is recommended.┬áThis tree will shed its leaves during summer without irrigation.