|Kidneywood, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.|
Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum, September 29, 2006.
|Kidney Wood Leaves.|
|Palo Dulce Leaf.|
|Kidney Wood Flowers.|
|Palo Dulce Flower.|
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A deciduous; delicate tree-shrub with fragrant white flowers.
Kidney wood or palo dulce (Eysenhardtia polystachya) is a deciduous; delicate tree-shrub with fragrant white flowers.
A Kidneywood is in the Arizona Registery Of Big Trees in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness that is 21 feet tall and 25 feet wide.
Height: Normally, 3 To 20 feet tall; up to 18 feet wide.
Trunk: 3 to 10 inches in diameter.
Bark: Grayish-brown, thin, smooth or scaly.
Twigs: Stiff, densely packed, gray barked branches.
Flowers: Yellow to cream colored, very fragrant flowers arranged in 2 to 3 inch long, slender spikes.
Blooming Time: Early March to mid - June.
Seed Pod: Slender pods about 3 inches long, seeds are dark brown or black, hard.
Leaves: Alternate and compound, with two to four (rarely five) pairs of leaflets, and they possess straight spines.
Stems/Trunks: A redish-brown, finely furrowed bark. 3 to 14 inches in diameter.
Found: The USDA claims it is native to the USA (AZ, NM). Native to Pinal, Pima, Graham, Santa Cruz, & Cochise counties in Arizona. Also native to the Sierra Madre Occidental of Eastern Sonora, Mexico.
Elevation: Below 1,800 feet. Said to live up to about 4,500 feet.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Rocky hillsides, alluvial plains, canyon slopes, and hillsides, where some water is periodically available. Xeriscape ornamental in lower elevations or Arizona.
Miscellaneous: Photos Taken Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum, September 29, 2006.
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