TEXAS MOUNTAIN LAUREL, Sophora secundiflora (Calia secundiflora), Beautiful Small Evergreen, Fragrant Flowering Texas Native Tree, 50 Seeds
50 VERY FRESH SEEDS, GATHERED THIS SEASON.
Technically, it is Dematophyllum secundiflorum, according to sources like Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Wikipedia, etc., but more likely known as Calia (or Sophora) secundiflora….AND even MORE LIKELY known by a number of common names, most popularly Texas Mountain Laurel or Texas Mescal Bean.
This little native Texan is tough as nails. And even more beautiful.
Wonderful purple to bluish violet, lavender, and even occasionally white pendulous bunches of flowers that look a lot like sweet peas--being a member of the same family……and ridiculously fragrant. Like 2 tons of purple Sweet Tarts got dumped right on top of you. Honey bees love them.
These seeds were harvested from a tree with a particularly heavy blooming characteristic…as evidenced by the photos with the loads of seed pods.
The Texas Mountain Laurel is an incredibly resilient and sturdy, evergreen with deep green
shiny, thick and leathery leaves--with bright green new growth.
The seed pods are soft green with white fuzz when new and age into a grayish/tannish by the end of the season and are practically indestructible. They hang on, going to black by the second season, and longer, until they are harvested or finally blown off by the wind.
The trees begin to form their "tassels"--stems that will develop the next year's buds as the seed pods are reaching maturity in September and early fall. The tassels winter over on the trees and can cause the tree to look a little untidy if they are heavy bloomers.
People often try to trim them--destroying the next season's crop of blooms.
These trees love the limestone soils of central and southwest Texas, from San Antonio and Austin out to the Chisos and Davis Mountains of the Big Bend area.
They love full sun, but seem to do tolerably well in partial sun or as an understory tree that is not too shaded.
These trees can be VERY difficult to transplant successfully when collected or dug from the wild.
Starting them from seed or buying container grown seems to be the best option.
The seeds are red, VERY hard with thick coats and POISONOUS.
They need to be nicked--I usually give them just enough of a squeeze with a pair of pliers to hear the seed coat crack slightly to help jumpstart germination.
Once established, they are pretty immune to neglect.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES 10-8…
***Trees planted in colder zones can loose the buds that develop along the tassel stems in late winter, early spring freezes.
THIS IS A GREAT TREE FOR BONSAI…..OR POTTED SPECIMEN.
BLOOM TIME: Spring
MATURE SIZE: 30' to as much as 50' in their native habitat,
and 10' to 15' wide
GROWTH HABIT: Single or Muli-trunk tree
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Neutral to alkaline, no special
amendments, GOOD DRAINAGE
HEAT AND DROUGHT TOLERANT
I CAN MAKE BULK QUANTITIES AVAILABLE IN SOME OF THE SEEDS I OFFER, AND WELCOME INQUIRIES!
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