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Havardia pallens (Tenaza)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Havardia pallens

Havardia pallens (Benth.) Britton & Rose

Tenaza, Huajillo, Ape's Ear-ring

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Pithecellobium pallens

USDA Symbol: HAPA10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Usually up to about 15 feet tall by 15 feet wide. Rarely up to about 30 feet tall.
Flower: Flowers in 6 inch clusters
Fruit: Brown

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Habitat: Stream/river banks, Marshes, Near lakes or ponds

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Sandy Loam


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Showy, Blooms ornamental, Understory tree, Fast growing
Use Wildlife: Nectar-bees, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Web Reference

Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum

Additional resources

USDA: Find Havardia pallens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Havardia pallens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Havardia pallens


Record Modified: 2022-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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