Texas Mountain Laurel
Texas Mountain Laurel
Sophora secundifloraItem #7100 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
Fragrant violet-blue flowers in terminal clusters create a wonderful display in spring against the backdrop of shiny dark green foliage. This multi-stemmed evergreen is excellent for use as a large shrub or small tree. Slow growing and easily trained as espalier or a patio tree. This desert native thrives in warm, sunny, arid environments.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:so-FOH-ra see-kun-di-FOH-li-aPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 16, 18 - 24Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.Special features:Easy Care, Heat Loving, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:BlueDesign IdeasA lovely small tree, sometimes multi-trunked, that can be used in the sunny patio or at a front entryway where its fragrant spring blossoms can be used to full effect.Companion PlantsVerbena (Verbena); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Lantana (Lantana)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average to lean, loose, fast-draining, slightly alkaline soil with gravel mulch. Water regularly during first few growing seasons to establish the root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates seasonal drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually to maintain desired size and form.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant is native to a large range of the desert southwest including Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico. Its genus was named from the Arabic for pea-shaped flowers. Slow growth means plants are more expensive.Lore:This tree was known in its region as the mescal bean or frijolito, although the bean like seeds were never eaten by Native Americans who preferred to use them as decorative beads.