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Texas Ebony

Pithecellobium flexicaule

a.k.a. Mexican Ebony, False Acacia

An desert-like ornamental whose seeds were once used as a coffee substitute. Its scraggly growth, yet uniform canopy and toleration of tough environments make this a popular choice for arid landscape gardeners.

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An evergeen tree to 15-30ft. Texas Ebony is particularly beautiful when in bloom---usually mid summer---and its frilly white flowers are reminiscent of a bottle brush tree. In full bloom the tree may be completely covered in its snow-white cloom. Woody fruits follow and grow to several inches long. They contain a few hard, marble-sized seeds.


Hardy to 20-25F.

Growing Environment

Grows very well in hot, dry climates. Water occasionally during summer and when young. Once established it needs minimal care. Grow in full sun. Very drought tolerant. Mildly cold tolerant.


By seeds. Seeds should be soaked for 24 hours prior to planting. They germinate slowly and generally need a few months to germinate.


A popular ornamental in arid climates. The seeds are reportedly edible and can be used as a coffee substitute, among other things.

Native Range

Native to parts of Texas and Northern Mexico.

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