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Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Mountain Laurel

Regular price $105.90 USD
Regular price Sale price $105.90 USD
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Plant Type: tree
Plant Height: 15-25 feet
Spread: 8-10 feet
Flower Color: purple-blue
Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade

The Texas Mountain Laurel, scientifically known as Sophora secundiflora, is an excellent choice for landscaping in Arizona, especially for those seeking a hardy, drought-tolerant, and visually appealing plant. Native to the southwestern United States and Mexico, this evergreen shrub or small tree is well-adapted to the arid conditions of the Arizona desert.

One of the most striking features of the Texas Mountain Laurel is its stunning floral display. In early spring, it produces clusters of fragrant, purple, pea-like flowers, which not only add a splash of vibrant color but also emit a sweet, grape-like scent. This floral display is highly attractive to pollinators and adds significant aesthetic value to any landscape.

The foliage of the Texas Mountain Laurel is another attractive aspect. It has small, leathery, dark green leaves that remain on the plant year-round, providing constant visual interest and a lush appearance in the landscape. The dense foliage makes it an excellent choice for a privacy screen or as an ornamental focal point.

A key advantage of the Texas Mountain Laurel is its exceptional drought tolerance. Once established, it requires very little supplemental water, making it an ideal choice for water-wise landscaping in desert regions. This low water requirement, combined with its ability to thrive in a variety of soil types, including poor soils, makes it a versatile and sustainable option for many landscapes.

The Texas Mountain Laurel typically grows slowly but can reach heights of 10 to 15 feet with a similar spread. Its moderate size and slow growth rate make it manageable and suitable for both small and large landscapes.

It's important to note that the seeds of the Texas Mountain Laurel are highly toxic if ingested, so caution should be exercised if planting in areas frequented by children or pets.

In summary, the Texas Mountain Laurel is a superb choice for Arizona landscapes, offering beauty, drought tolerance, and low maintenance. Its fragrant spring flowers, evergreen foliage, and adaptability to desert conditions make it a popular and practical addition to both residential and commercial properties in the region.

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