A slow to moderately fast growing semi-evergreen that may attain small
tree status, eventually reaching 12 feet by 12 feet. The small compound
leaves are glossy and dark green. The bark is light gray with extremely
thorny branches. Yellow fragrant, rod shaped flowers are formed in
spring providing quite the show. It is considered tolerant of heat and
wind requiring little additional moisture even in the low desert.
Surprisingly, it will grow as a lawn tree.
It is not too picky about soil types but prefers good
drainage and full sun..
A native of the Chihuahuan desert of south and east Texas
on limestone hills at elevations between 1100 and 1800'.