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Ungnadia speciosa, photo courtesy of Karl Gercens III
Ungnadia speciosa, photo courtesy of Karl Gercens III

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Zone
Zones 10-13
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Minimal Water
Minimal
Toxicity
Seeds are poisonous

Ungnadia speciosa

Mexican Buckeye
Sapindaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees

Useful small tree for desertareas. Native to western Texas,southern New Mexico, andnortheastern Mexico. Grows15–20 ft. tall and wide withlarge, dark green, divided leavesthat turn yellow in fall. Showy,rose-pink flowers on barebranches in spring attract butterflies;the blooms are followedby unusual, three-part seedpodscontaining three hard seeds.Pods hang on bare branches inwinter. Naturally multitrunkedbut can be trained to a singletrunk tree. Grows best in well-drained,alkaline soil.

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