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Zones 8-16, 18-24, 26, 28-30
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Moderate
Toxicity
Seeds are poisonous if ingested.

Sophora secundiflora

Mescal Bean, Texas Mountain Laurel
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

SOPHORA

Handsome flowering trees with showy, drooping clusters of sweet pea–shaped blossoms. Seed pods are constricted between the seeds, giving them a bead-necklace look. Leaves are divided into many leaflets. Provide good drainage.

Sophora secundiflora

Evergreen shrub or tree. Native to Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Grows to 15–25 ft. tall and 10–15 ft. wide; very slow growing, especially in cool-summer regions. Naturally shrubby but can be trained into a tree with a short, slender trunk or multiple trunks, narrow crown, and upright branches. Leaves are divided into seven to nine glossy dark green leaflets. Blooms from midwinter to early spring, bearing sweet-scented violet-blue flowers in drooping, 4–8-in. clusters reminiscent of wisteria. A white-flowered form is occasionally available. ‘Silver Peso’ has silvery foliage. Silvery gray or brown, woody, 1–8-in.-long seedpods open when ripe to show poisonous, bright red, 1/2-in. seeds. If possible, remove pods from plant before they mature. Choice small tree for street, lawn, or patio. If left untrained, makes a good large screen or background hedge. Thrives in heat and alkaline soil. Moderate water.

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