Texas Ebony
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Texas Ebony
E Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Texas Ebony
Botanical name: Ebenopsis ebano    Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Synonyms: Acacia flexicaulis, Mimosa ebano

Texas ebony, native to southern Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, grows into a large evergreen shrub or small tree, eventually 20-25 ft. tall and wide. Dark glossy green leaves are double compoundly. Branches are heavily armed with spines. Clusters of creamy-yellow flowers occur briefly in late spring; large seed pods, grow 4-6 inches long, become dark brown and persist for many months. Texas ebony naturally occurs in arid habitats where it grows in dry chaparral woodlands and along desert washes. Mature plants are valued for their deep green foliage character that appears cool and fresh during the summer months. Established plants can be very drought tolerant and hardy.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in cultivation in Bangalore.

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