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Tenaza

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TENAZA
Pithecellobium pallens - Mimosaceae, Mimosa Family


DESCRIPTION:

Small tree, frequently not branching until well overhead, with paired,
straight spines on bark and twigs. 

  • Height: 10-20 feet.

  • Flowers: Fragrant, white, round heads; after rainfall.

  • Fruit: Straight, thin-walled, flat seed pod.

  • Foliage. Airy, pale-green leaflets.

  • Bark: Pale brownish-gray, smooth; with paired, straight spines.

  • Growth rate: Slow.


REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun.

  • Soil: Loamy.

  • Drainage: Well-drained.

  • Water. Medium, not as drought tolerant as others.

  • Maintenance. Little needed.

  • Propagation: Scarified seed.


NATIVE HABITAT:

 Many.


WILDLIFE USE:

Cover, nest sites; bee food; foliage browsed.


COMMENTS:

Wood used in small articles of woodenware. Airy leaflets create light shade; when in full bloom, fluffy white flowers release a wonderful sweet fragrance.

 
 

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