Desert Ironwood


Olneya tesota  







Form; Tree

Seasonality; Perennial

Size; 30 ft tall by 30 ft wide

Leaves: Pinnate compound, oval leaflets; gray-green and thick
Flowers: 1/2in wide lavender flowers; short bloom period in early spring
Fruit: Pod containing dark seeds, 2in long, 1/2 to 1/4in across
Stems/Trunks: Thorns on twigs; gray trunk, more fissured with age, single or multi-stemmed
Range/Origin: Sonora desert
Hardiness: Sunset Zones; 8,9,11-14,18-23, 20,

Comments: Low litter, Thorns


  • Exposure: Full sun or reflected heat
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Tolerant, good drainage
  • Propagation: Seed,
  • Maintenance: Moderate to high; pod and flower drop; requires training for single trunk form

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