Thorny native of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert; also found in warm-winter areas of California. Grows slowly 15 to 30 ft. tall, with equal spread; common name “ironwood” refers to its extremely hard, heavy heartwood. May be single- or multitrunked; prune to maintain desired form. Branches are erect in youth, later spreading. Gray-green leaves, each with two spines at base, are divided into many 3/4-in. leaflets. In late spring, clusters of pinkish lavender, 1/2-in., sweet pea-shaped flowers put on a good show. These are followed by dark brown, fuzzy, 2-in.-long pods. Tree drops leaves heavily around bloom time, but new foliage emerges quickly.
In the wild, this plant grows near washes, where some deep water is usually available. In the garden, it is extremely drought tolerant but will grow faster with occasional summer water. Drops its leaves in hard frosts and cannot endure prolonged freezes.
Profuse two-toneblooms in pale lavenderand magenta; no seedpods.Compact, upright growth.
Covered with woolly gray leaves to conserve moisture in its native Southwest deserts, this erect or sp...
White flowers with apale yellow throat. Wispy, opengrowth.