MEXICAN BUCKEYE, Ungnadia speciosa, Wonderful Native Texas Flowering Tree, Super Heat & Drought Resistant, Beautiful Specimen, 30 Seeds
30 FRESH SEEDS, HAND HARVESTED FOR THIS SEASON
HARD TO FIND!
MEXICAN BUCKEYES LOVE HEAT AND SUNSHINE and are VERY DROUGHT TOLERANT…as illustrated by my photo #4, that tree is planted in a highway median here in town. It gets no care beyond Nature and the occasional spring pruning.
THEY ARE SUPER TREES AND AREN’T PLANTED ENOUGH.
Mexican Buckeyes, members of the soapberry family, are indeed distantly related to the North American species, but Mexican Buckeyes are such unusual plants that they are the only species in their genus.
Despite their common name, they range mostly in Texas, west of the Brazos River, into southern New Mexico and south into northeastern Mexico.
They are thought to resemble redbuds, largely because they bloom at roughly the same time in the spring, but timing and pink blooms is where most of the resemblance ends.
Unlike redbuds, their rosy pink blooms burst out in the spring at the same time as their new bronzy leaves emerge. Their deciduous leaves are pinnate and feathery, going brilliant yellow in the fall. The blossoms quickly give way to green ripening to brown, leathery tri-lobed fruit (or seed pods) that hang on the bare limbs all through the winter.
The large shiny black seeds are about 1/2” to 5/8” in diameter and are truly beautiful. They have been used by children as marbles and drilled to be used as beads and buttons by adults. Evidence of their use by indigenous peoples of northern Mexico dates back 8000 years.
This plant may be used as a large, multi-trunk shrub or trained up into a tree. Typically it is trimmed up into a multi-trunk tree, much like crepe myrtles.
Its basal branching and tall spreading habit makes it a very good choice for an attractive tall deciduous screen.
Mexican Buckeye is very easily propagated by seed. I just throw a few into a pot of good potting soil and compost, keep them watered, and stand back.
THEY ARE VERY HEAT AND DROUGHT TOLERANT.
They also tolerate a wide variety of soils: clay, loam, sand, acidic, alkaline, well-drained.
They love full sun BUT make wonderful understory trees as well….growing to taller heights in full sun situations.
MATURE HEIGHT: 15 - 30 feet, growing taller in full sun, moderate grower
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 7 and south into Mexico
USES: Container or above-ground planter, landscape specimen, deciduous screen
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: FOR BUFFER STRIPS around parking lots and median strips in highways, near decks or patios
OUTSTANDING ORNAMENTAL: Spring Bloom, great for the bee/butterfly garden, should be planted more
GREAT WINTER INTEREST: beautiful fall leaf color display, then the gray/brown/black mottled bark, and very showy persistent seed pods
PESTS AND DISEASES: none of major concern
THESE SEEDS ARE HOMEGROWN, HANDPICKED AND CLEANED, AND WERE COLLECTED THIS SEASON.
I will ship anywhere you would like to receive your seeds. Please contact me for shipping rates outside the U.S.A.
I CAN MAKE BULK QUANTITIES AVAILABLE IN SOME OF THE SEEDS I OFFER, AND WELCOME INQUIRIES!
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