|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.
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
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.