Texas Mountain Laurel
Pronunciation: so-FOH-ruh see-kun-di-FLOR-uh
|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.|
|Watering||Once established, water deeply when dry.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Waterwise|
|Flower Attributes||Fragrant, Showy Flowers|
|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.|
|Companion Plants||Verbena (Verbena); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Lantana (Lantana)|
|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.|
|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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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.