||shrubs/small trees|deciduous|height 10-20'|spread 8-10'|sun/part shade|purple flowers in Spring||
Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
One of the most recognizable of Texas natives, this evergreen shrub is as tough as it is beautiful. Glossy, tear-shaped green leaves are alternately arranged on short branches, giving it a very distinctive, airy look. In Spring, breathtaking sprays of purple flowers cover the plant. The delightful scent is often described as that of grape Koolaid or bubble gum.
This plant is definitely a choice for the patient gardener. It is fairly slow growing and spends time putting down deep roots before putting energy into the foilage. It can handle full sun to understory locations but definitely needs good drainage. Once established, it is absolutely worry-free and grows into a gorgeous, small specimen tree.
Mountain Laurel is extremely drought hardy, as well as insect and deer resistant.