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Ebenopsis ebano (Berl.) Barneby & Grimes
Texas ebony, Ebano
Synonyms: Pithecellobium flexicaule, Pithecellobium ebano
USDA Symbol: EBEB
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Texas-ebony is a 25-30 ft. shrub or tree with a rounded, dense crown. Dark green, twice-pinnate leaves are borne from spiny branches. White blooms are followed by 4-6 in. seed pods which persist through the winter.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
TX Native Distribution:
S. TX south through e. Mex. to Yucatan Native Habitat:
Low woods of the Coastal Plain USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Often multi-trunked, Texas ebony might look brushy until quite old or pruned. Provides heavy shade when full grown; is resistant to root rot; and is extremely drought-tolerant.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Larva host for Coyote Coudwings.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Host plant for the Coyote Cloudwing, Achalarus toxeus and Sphingicampa blanchardi.
PropagationDescription: Pre-treat seeds before sowing.
Seed Collection: Although pods are persistent, early collection is recommended before weevil infestation. Dust seeds before storing at room temperature.
Seed Treatment: Scarifiy nicking the seeds, soaking in concentrated sulfuric acid up to 90 minutes, or soaking in boiling water for 30-45 minutes.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff