This tree thrives in problem alkaline soils of arid regions, but insists on very good drainage. Growth can be speeded up by frequent deep watering during the summer months. Mescal bean is an excellent background plant, screen, hedge or specimen where its beautiful flowers can be enjoyed at close range. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Sophora
Species - Secundiflora
Common name - Texas Mountain Laurel
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 9 - 15
Height - 25'-35' / 7.60 - 10 m
Spread - 15'-20' / 4.60 - 6 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Shade Trees
Germination rate - 81%
Bloom season - Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Purple, Blue Violet
|Germination||1. Nick, file or cut off a small section of the seed coat on each of the seeds. This is necessary to break through the very hard seed coat.|
2. Place the seeds into a small ceramic or metal bowl. Soak the seeds in warm water overnight.
3. Place the soaked seeds onto paper towels to dry for one to two hours. Dust each of the seeds with an all-purpose powder fungicide to prevent any fungal diseases which can kill seedlings.
4. Fill up 14-inch-deep tree pots that have been thoroughly cleaned with a sterilized growing media. (Tree pots are necessary to accommodate the long tap root of trees.) Place the growing media on a cookie sheet, or into a bowl, and place into a 300-degree pre-heated oven for 30 minutes if the growing media is not sterilized.
5. Poke 1/2-inch-deep holes in each of the pots. Place one seed into each of the pots. Cover up the seeds with half of the growing media.
6. Place the pots into an area in your home where they will be provided maximum light. Keep the growing media moist but do not water so often the soil becomes sodden. You can also place the pots outside in a sheltered location in your garden if all chance of frost has passed in your growing region. Germination of seeds will begin in approximately two weeks.
Info source: eHow.com