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.