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Sophora secundiflora (Texas Mountain Laurel)

Sophora secundiflora
Texas Mountain Laurel

If you catch a whiff of grape bubble gum in the air during February and early March, look around to see if there is a blooming Texas Mountain Laurel nearby. The large purple clusters of wisteria-like flowers look as good as they smell! Texas Mountain Laurel is evergreen, thornless and is one of the cleanest small trees around. It is a good choice for patio areas. This popular tree is often difficult to find in large sizes, so you might have to plant a five or fifteen gallon and wait patiently for it to develop a canopy. Deep, infrequent summer irrigation will encourage faster growth. This plant produces thick, hard seed pods which contain poisonous orange-red seeds. However, the seed pods are very difficult to break open. If you’re concerned about the seeds, simply clip off the seed pods before they mature.

Plant Type Native, Tree
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Purple
Flower Season Early Spring, Mid Spring
Growth Rate Slow
Height 15 (ft)
Spread 15 (ft)
Spacing 10' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen, Fragrant
Attracts Pollinators, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Tolerance Heat, Rocky Soil
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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