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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Sophora secundiflora-Texas Mountain Laurel

If you catch a whiff of grape bubble gum on the air in 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! Most Texas mountain laurels have glossy green foliage, providing a perfect foil for these showy blossoms. 'Silver Peso', a clone with silver-grey foliage, is occasionally found in the nursery trade. Texas mountain laurel is evergreen, thornless, and is one of the cleanest small trees around. It is a good choice for patio areas, growing slowly to 15 feet tall and wide. 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. One word of caution: this plant produces thick, hard seed pods which contain poisonous orange-red seeds. However, the seed pods are very difficult to break open. (I finally broke one open by jumping up and down on it repeatedly.) If you're concerned about the seeds, simply clip off the seed pods before they mature. Texas mountain laurel is very cold hardy, to 10 F. USDA Zone 8

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 13, 2003