Fabaceae family trees

Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis ebano)

Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis ebano)

Ebenopsis ebano is a species of flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the coastal plain of southern Texas in the United States and eastern Mexico. It is commonly known as Texas Ebony or Ébano (in Spanish).

Texas Ebony is a small, evergreen tree that reaches a height of 7.6–9.1 m (25–30 ft) and a crown width of 1.8–4.6 m (5.9–15 ft).[3]

The range of E. ebano stretches from Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas south through the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Campeche, and Yucatán in Mexico. It can be found in the Tamaulipan matorral, Tamaulipan mezquital, Veracruz dry forests, and Yucatán dry forests ecoregions. Its habitat extends from sea level to 1,000 m (3,300 ft), averages 20 to 27 °C (68 to 81 °F) in temperature, and receives a mean of 900 mm (35 in) of annual rainfall.

Texas Ebony is cultivated in xeriscaping for its dense foliage and fragrant flowers.It is also used in bonsai.

Current listing of specimens for sale ranging from seedlings to just under 24 inches at my site dedicated to this species:

Texas Ebony specimens for sale

External Links:

(PDF). Digital Representations of Tree Species Range Maps from “Atlas of United States Trees” by Elbert L. Little, Jr. (and other publications). United States Geological Survey. http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/pithflex.pdf.

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