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Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora

Pronunciation: so-FOH-ruh see-kun-di-FLOR-uh
SKU #07100
8-11

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Once established, water deeply when dry.
Blooms Spring
Mature Size Slow growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Attributes Fragrant, Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Espalier, Windbreak
Design Ideas A 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.
Flower Color Blue
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Verbena (Verbena); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Lantana (Lantana)
CARE
Care Thrives 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.
HISTORY
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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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