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Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora

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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationso-FOH-ruh see-kun-di-FLOR-uh
LoreThis 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitMultiple Trunk
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Espalier, Windbreak, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsVerbena (Verbena); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Lantana (Lantana)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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