I mentioned earlier this week about our beautiful Palo Verde tree that fell victim to the high winds of a monsoon storm. As sad as I was for the loss of my tree, I began to realize that I would now have to choose a replacement. Now I don’t know about you, but I just love it when I get to buy a new tree or plant. My husband is not usually as excited as I am because he is usually the one digging the holes 😉
Faced with the wonderful dilemma of having to choosing what type of tree to plant, I have began to go through the list of candidates – listing their positives and sometimes the negatives. In my last post, we looked at 12 different trees and today I would like to finish the list of prospective tree choices.
When not blooming, Texas Mountain Laurel makes an extremely attractive evergreen tree or large shrub, depending on how you prune (train) it. At maturity, it can reach heights of 15 – 25 ft. high and up to 15 ft. wide. I like how it grows in full sun as well as light shade. The fact that it is thornless is a bonus.
In late summer and fall, cream colored, puffball flowers appear which have a pleasing, light fragrance.
I love the botanical name for this Australian native as it so aptly describes the pendulous branches. I really have a thing for trees that have a weeping type of growth. I’m not sure why.