MEXICAN BUCKEYE

FAMILY: Sapindaceae | GENUS: UNGNADIA speciosa

TYPE
  • Deciduous
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

Native to Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Shrub or small, multitrunked tree, usually 1215 ft. (occasionally 30 ft.) tall and not quite as wide as high. Easy-to-grow plant with appealing flowers, interesting seedpods, and lush foliage. Clusters of showy, fragrant blossoms with purplish pink petals and red anthers appear in early spring, before or with the new leaves. Flowers are followed in fall by leathery dark brown, buckeyelike seed capsules that split and drop black, shiny, 12-in. seeds. Dark green, 5- to 12-in.-long leaves with three to seven leaflets turn golden yellow in fall. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including dry, limy ones.

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