Guayacan

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Guayacan

Porleria angustifolia
Soapbush, Ironwood, Texas Lignum-vitae
4

20 feet
4

15 feet
Northeastern Mexico and Southwest Texas
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade, often found growing in thickets of Southwest Texas. Its leaves appear to grow straight out of the branches, giving it a narrow upright form even in its wild state. In the heat of the day the leaves fold inward to preserve moisture. In Bexar County, it can be found as far east as Salado Creek, but it’s more common to the southwest. Its Methuselah-like form and southwest Texas bonafides attract interest from plant aficionados and ranchers alike. Its wood is useful for fence posts, as it’s the hardest in the U.S. Preserve guayacan if you have it on-site, as it’s only available from the most dedicated native growers. It would make a very interesting native hedge in South Texas brushlands.

Maintenance

None required, though brush sculptors may be tempted to shape it.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Shrub
Size:
4-20' H, 4-15' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Butterfly Larvae
Flower Color:
Purple
Bloom Time:
March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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