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Olneya tesota

Desert Ironwood

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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Olneya tesota
Principal Common Name Desert Ironwood
Common Name(s) Ironwood
Description A small thorny tree that is single or multi-trunked and in the spring gets clusters of dusty pink pea-like flowers followed by brown fuzzy pods.
General Comments This tree will drop leaves in a hard frost and it can not tolerate prolong freezes.
Nativity USA, Sonoran Desert
Height Range 15 - 30 FT
Spread Range 15 - 30 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones 8 : 9 : 11 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23
USDA Zones
Leaf Color Gray-Green
Leaf Texture Fine : Spiny
Form Small Tree
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Spring
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Part Sun
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : None : Sparse
Outstanding Features Color : Drought tolerant : Heat Tolerant : Texture : Wood

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