FEBRUARY TREE OF THE MONTH

'Silver Peso' Mountain Laurel 

Sophora secundiflora

  Sophora secundiflora  blooming in Austin, Texas. photo by Tamara Valdez 

Sophora secundiflora blooming in Austin, Texas. photo by Tamara Valdez 

SOPHORA SECUNDIFLORA, SOPHORA SECUNDIFLORA SOPHORA SECUNDIFLORA...

This native Texas evergreen has a Latin name that encourages you to say it on repeat like some kind of words of wisdom. With an unmistakable aroma of artificial grape like the smell found in grape bubble gum, the ornamental Silver Peso Mountain Laurel is a tree sure to not miss this growing season. Its dense silver, glossy compound leaves and bright violet-blue, drooping flower clusters bloom during the months of February- March.

The 'Silver Peso' and its other sister Mountain Laurels are drought tolerant trees that prefer rocky limestone soil. And like other woody plants native to rocky soils, this tree is slow growing along its favored arid landscape.

Attracts: butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators

The seed pods are dark orange to red in color with a coat difficult to crack. Caution: the seed pods are poisonous when ingested. Keep in mind where the placement of this tree is in landscaping and design. 

FABACEAE (PEA FAMILY) 

AKA: mescal bean, frijolito, mountain laurel