Olneya tesota

Desert Ironwood

A single species, this handsome desert tree grows slowly to form a broad, pleasing crown of gray-green leaves. In late spring, abundant lavender sweet-pea-like blossoms attract bees. After blooming, the leaves drop, but new ones soon follow. Sun-loving, it needs no water once established. Plant away from paths and lawns where its sharp spines could create a hazard. Will drop leaves again in prolonged freezing spells.
Olneya tesota, Desert Ironwood
Native Americans once harvested the 2½-inch seedpods.

Attributes - Olneya tesota

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 18 ft. to 30 ft.

Width: 30 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.

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