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Kidneywood Tree, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.

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Kidneywood, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.
Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum, September 29, 2006.
Kidneywood, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa. Also Called: Eysenhardtia polystachya, Tahitian Kidneywood, Kidney Wood, or Palo Dulce. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.Kidneywood, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa. Also Called: Eysenhardtia polystachya, Tahitian Kidneywood, Kidney Wood, or Palo Dulce. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.
Kidney Wood Leaves.
Kidneywood Tree.
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.
Palo Dulce Leaf.
Kidneywood Tree.
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.
Kidneywood, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa. Also Called: Eysenhardtia polystachya, Tahitian Kidneywood, Kidney Wood, or Palo Dulce. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.Kidneywood, Eysenhardtia orthocarpa. Also Called: Eysenhardtia polystachya, Tahitian Kidneywood, Kidney Wood, or Palo Dulce. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.
Kidney Wood Flowers.
Kidneywood Tree.
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.
Palo Dulce Flower.
Kidneywood Tree.
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa.

Kidneywood Tree.
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa. Fabaceae Family ( Pea ) Kidneywood. Also Called: Eysenhardtia polystachya, Tahitian Kidneywood, Kidney Wood, or Palo Dulce.

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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.


Quick Notes:

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.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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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