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Sophora secundiflora/Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora / Sophora secundiflora
Compound leaves
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Compound leaves

Seed pods in summer

Foliage on tip of a branch

Partial canopy of a tree

Close-up of mature seed pods

Mature brown seed pods

Clusters of wisteria-like flowers

Close-up image of flowers

Close-up image of seed pods

Open seed pods exposing the bony seeds

Fragrant, purple flowers

Flowers

Close-up image of foliage and developing flower stalk

Close-up image of greenish-gray foliage

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Scientific Name: Sophora secundiflora
Common Name: Texas Mountain Laurel
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Purple
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: This is a very popular tree in Texas. It produces clusters of highly fragrant (kool-aid fragrance) purple, wisteria-like flowers in spring. Each seed pod produces one to five seeds, and when ripe the bright red seeds are quite hard. They are poisonous if eaten. This is an excellent small evergreen tree and large shrub for the residential scale where conditions are favorable for their use.