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  Texas Mountain-Laurel (Mescalbean)  
Common Name: Texas Mountain-Laurel (Mescalbean)
Latin Name: Sophora secundiflora
Tree Size: Small
Leaf Type: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Water Needs: Dry
Tolerances: Drought, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: Texas native, showy or fragrant flower, attractive seeds or fruit
Features: Drooping clusters of purple flowers; velvety seed pods.
Comments: Excellent drought-tolerant specimen. Outstanding spring blooms. Seeds are toxic.
Problems: Small worms eat vigorous shoots.
Firewise: Yes
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