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Texas Mountain Laurel

$55.00

Sophora secundiflora

Mescal bean or Texas mountain laurel is an evergreen, usually a multi-trunked shrub or small tree ranging from just a few feet tall to more than 30 ft. in height, though its usual height at maturity is 10-15 ft. The dense, dark green, and glossy compound leaves are 7-9 shiny, leathery leaflets rounded on the ends. The leaflets are 2 inches long, tapering more gradually to the base than to the tip and arranged along an axis terminated by a single leaflet. The bluish lavender flowers, in 3-7 in. drooping clusters, are very showy and fragrant. The fruit is a semi-woody pod with bright red poisonous seeds.

Sophora secundiflora is very popular as a native evergreen ornamental tree within its range, valued for its handsome, dark green foliage and lush early spring blooms. It is drought-tolerant, prefers rocky limestone soil, and is native from central Texas west to New Mexico and south to San Luis Potosi in Mexico. Like many woody plants native to rocky soils, it is slow-growing. The fragrance of Texas mountain laurel flowers is reminiscent of artificial grape products.

 

Height: 15’-25’
Spread: 8’-10’
Bloom: February-March
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade, Dappled Shade
Water: Low
Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: Texas, New Mexico

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