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Texas Mountain Laurel – by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Sophora Secundiflora is the genus and species of the Texas Mountain Laurel. Here’s what the good folks over at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center have to say: Mescal bean or Texas mountain laurel is an evergreen, usually multi-trunked shrub or small tree ranging from just a few feet tall to more than 30 ft. […]

Texas Mountain Laurel – by Texas A & M

So it turns out that the Texas Mountain Laurel is a legume. Who knew? Here’s what the folks at A&M have to say: Texas mountain laurel grows in limestone soils in Central and Southwest Texas and to 5000 feet in the Chisos and Davis Mountains. This slow growing evergreen may be grown as a medium […]

Texas Mountain Laurel – An Introduction

From the US Forest Service Fact Sheet: Texas-Mountain-Laurel is a small North American native evergreen, growing 15 to 25 feet tall with a 10-foot-spread but is capable of reaching up to 50 feet tall in its native habitat (Fig. 1). It has a narrow upright silhouette and dense foliage which lends itself well to being […]

Texas Mountain Laurel – Plant Description

From the US Forest Service Fact Sheet: Height: 15 to 20 feet Spread: 10 to 12 feet Crown uniformity: symmetrical canopy with a regular (or smooth) outline, and individuals have more or less identical crown forms Crown shape: round; upright Figure 2. Shaded area represents potential planting range. Crown density: open Growth rate: slow Texture: […]

Texas Mountain Laurel – Plant Data

From the US Forest Service Fact Sheet: Scientific name: Sophora secundiflora Pronunciation: sah-FOR-uh seck-un-dih-FLOR-uh Common name(s): Texas-Mountain-Laurel, Mescalbean Family: Leguminosae USDA hardiness zones: 7B through 10A Origin: native to North America Uses: Bonsai; container or above-ground planter; hedge; large parking lot islands (> 200 square feet in size); wide tree lawns (>6 feet wide); medium-sized […]

Texas Mountain Laurel – Planting & Management

From the US Forest Service Fact Sheet: Usually found as a multi-trunked small tree, Texas-Mountain-Laurel can be trained to a single trunk in the nursery. Single-trunked nursery stock would make nice street trees for planting in small soil spaces, and where overhead space is limited by wires or other structures. Plant a row of Texas-Mountain-Laurel […]