Mescal bean

Sophora secundiflora

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Mescal bean (Sophora secundiflora)
so-FOR-ah say-kun-dih-FLOOR-ah
Genus:  Sophora
This flowering evergreen tree has pinnate leaves 4 to 6 inches long. Notched, mid-green leaflets grow in pairs. Pea-like, fragrant blue-violet flowers in terminal racemes appear in spring, maturing to bright red seeds.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This Texas and N. Mexico native is drought and heat tolerant. Usually a slow grower. Effective in mass plantings, as specimen plants, or in a shrub border. Needs long, hot summers to flower well.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer or autumn.
Problems:  Twig blight, Verticillium wilt, canker, and rust.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Flowering Tree,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Trees

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