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Pod and foliage

Pod and foliage


Texas Ebony, Ebano, Ebony Blackbeard, Ebony Apes-earring
Pithecellobium flexicaule


Texas ebony is common in the southern tip of Texas, found on sandy to clay loams, clays and thin, hard limestone. It has dense, lustrous, very dark green foliage and zigzag branches with many spines. From June to August it has attractive creamy-yellow flower spikes, which are followed by thick, woody, curved pods 4-6 inches long. It is often a shrub, but can reach 50 feet in woods along the Rio Grande. It is valued as an evergreen shade tree with attractive flowers and fruit in south Texas, but it is not cold-tolerant beyond its native zone 9b range.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: cream or yellow spikes

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: curved pod 4-6 in. long

Height: to 50 ft.

Width: to 40 ft.

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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