Plant Form: Tree
Plant Size: 18′ x 10′
Plant Type: Deciduous
Water Usage: Low
Sunlight: Sun, Partial Shade
Flower Colors: Yellow
Physical Description: Large, 2-3″, fragrant, pale yellow to golden flowers in spring. Dark colored bark on rigid, thorny branches.
Care and Maintenance: Needs training when young if single trunk habit is desired. Thorns. Slow growing. Freeze damage possible in very cold winters.
Gardener’s notes: Large shrub or small tree. Dark bark and
rich green foliage provides attractive contrast in the landscape.
Native to eastern Chihuahuan desert.
Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES