Pithecelobium flexicaule /Texas Ebony
Specimen tree at the Houston Botanical Garden
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9, 10, 11
Determine Your Zone
15 - 20 feet
Summer, Fall, Winter
Sun, Morning sun
Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth:
Susceptible to insects
This is an evergreen tree native to Mexico and Texas that produces short branches, compound leaves and small, plume-like spikes of fragrant white to light yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Flowers are followed by brown seed pods that are edible. The tree contains short thorns hidden among the dense acacia-like leaves. The gray bark is also quite nice on mature trees. This tree is especially good for xeriscape landscape projects and other places where small trees are needed for dry, gravelly soils. This tree is sometimes grown in large interior landscapes. It makes an excellent bonsai specimen.
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