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Botanical Name:
Olneya tesota

Common Name(s):
Desert Ironwood, Tesota

Mountain States Nursery
This Sonoran desert native has attractive gray bark. Frost or drought can induce leaf drop. Summer monsoons can trigger regrowth. The stems are armed with vicious thorns. In spring there are masses of lavender pea like flowers. This tree needs no water in deep soil. The seeds are edible. Leaves are 2" long and 1" wide. Do heavy pruning only in cooler months. It is native < 2500' in sandy washes. Give some frost protection when young. Mistletoe can infest.

Information by George Hull MSN 
Tolerant to 20f
Sun: Full
Water: Low
Growth Rate: Slow
Hydrozones: #1
Soil Type: Sandy
Soil Condition:
Soil pH: Neutral
Adverse Factors: Thorns
Design Styles: Desert
Accenting Features: Multi Trunk
Seasonal Interest: Summer
Location Uses: Foundation
Special Uses: Full
Attracts Wildlife: N/A
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Season: Spring
Leaf Color: Grey Green
Bark Color: N/A
Fruit Color: N/A
Fruit Season: N/A
Fruit Type: N/A
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