Ironwood

Olneya tesota

Upright, thorny and briefly deciduous native tree with pea shaped flowers, makes a stunning appearance in late spring.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Lower Sonoran Desert (Southeast CA and Southwest AZ)
Family: Pea Family
Size: Up to 30′
Sun: Full
Watering: Low, no supplemental water during cooler weather
Growth Rate: Slow
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature:
Pruning: Minimal to raise canopy base
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Nectar Plant (Native bees are the primary pollinator), provides nesting habitat for birds, Host for Rawson’s Metalmark
Notes: Benefits from occasional deep watering in summer

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