Saturday, March 19, 2016

Berlandier Esenbeckia

Esenbeckia berlandieri
Also called Jopoy. It is an attractive, small tree, that is part of the Rue family, that is native to the Rio Grande Valley. It was considered extinct until recently rediscovered in Texas. It is semi-evergreeen to evergreen. Some records include: largest on record - 25 x 30 feet with a trunk diameter of 1.2 feet.
The trifoliate leaves are composed of 3 oblong to obovate leaflets. The foliage is glossy deep green.
The greenish-white to white flowers appear on terminal clusters during spring.
They are followed by deep-lobed, 5-parted, woody capsule.
Hardy zones 9 to 10 in partial to full shade on alkaline, well drained soil. It is both tolerant of clay and sand. It is very heat tolerant and moderately drought tolerant.

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