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Parkinsonia - Jerusalem thorn or jelly bean tree

Weed Habitat 

  • Parkinsonia is thought to be native to tropical America but has spread throughout the world as an ornamental and shade tree.
  • As Parkinsonia is adapted to an extremely wide range of soil types, there is little doubt that it will continue to spread through watercourses and adjoining areas throughout the sub-humid and semi-arid environments of Queensland.


  • A hairless shrub or small tree, rarely to 10m high.
  • Slender green photosynthetic zig-zag branches armed with sharp spines.
  • Leaves with a short, spine-tipped stalk, leaf branches 20-40 cm long, flattened with small, oblong leaflets along each edge.
  • Flowers yellow, fragrant, five petalled, each on a long, slender drooping stalk.
  • Seeds oval, hard, about 15 mm long, borne in pencil-like pods 5-10 cm long, constricted between the seeds.

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Plant Type

Leaf Arrangement

Other weed identifiers

Plant Life Cycle

Weed Declaration

This species is declared Restricted Matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014 for further information on declaration refer to your Local Government or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Weed Spread