Sophora secundiflora,Texas Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean

Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora

Common Names: Mescal Bean

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 10′ – 20′

Spacing/Spread: 6′ – 14′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Purple.

Interest: Srping flowers, Year around evergreen foliage.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: Yes, plant is Texas native.

Extra: WARNING, POISONOUS SEEDS. Deer Resistant.

Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.

Features: A wonderful Texas native tree.  Thrives in Full sun/Part shade. Xeriscape plant.

Austin Native Landscaping: “If there is one Texas native, small growing, flowering tree you can’t go wrong with, it’s of course a Texas Mountain Laurel. This hard as nails, extremely drought tolerant Texas native (can survive on a partly 14 inches of annual rain) will grace any landscape with its presence. Best of all, its an evergreen! Perfect to conceal that unsightly neighbor of yours or disguise that noisy road near the window. You can train it to a tree form or leave it in a more natural shrubby form. Excellent as a specimen tree and also planted along . The showy purple blooms smell terrific; some describe it as grape soda smell, some think it smells like bubble gum or even kool-aid.  The only two cons we can think of are its very slow growing pace and its poisonous seed pods. “



Family: Papilionaceae (Pronounced – pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee)

Genus: Calia

Species: Secundiflora (Pronounced -sek-und-ee-FLOR-uh)

Propagation: Seeds.



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2 comments… add one

  • Carol

    November 30, 2014, 2:20 pm

    I live in Mesa, AZ. I have had Texas Mountain Laurel in my yard for 10 years. I know the butterfles love it, but recently is dropping green leaves and looks terrible!
    I looks like something has been gorging themselves on it. I can send a photo if you need it. Hope you can help.

    • Reed

      November 30, 2014, 2:41 pm

      Texas Mountain Laurel defoliation is a known problem, it mostly affects younger trees.

      The thing is, those caterpillars that eat the laurel leaves will turn to… Butterflies. So you have a slight moral dilemma here.

      A basic soapy formula should do the trick:

      You might want to spray just half the tree or the bottom or some branches and not other if you still enjoy providing habitat for butterflies.

      Let us know how it goes,


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