On Aug 17, 2012, Juttah from Tucson, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:
A pretty little tree that does very well here in the desert. No thorns or insect problems; very clean. Flowers are mildly fragrant up-close and not attractive to bees. It's a mystery why this tree is not more widely available here in Tucson.
We planted ours from a 1-gallon pot last year in bare soil. It took about a month for the tree to get comfortable and start growing. One year later we established a lawn around it, and it's not had any problems going from desert conditions to frequent lawn watering.
According to some sources this tree has brittle branches, but we've not had problems with our now 6' tall tree, not even after last week's 80 mph microburst! Growth rate is moderate and very easily controlled.
This tree tends to "lion tail" (bushy growth on branch ends, like a Dr. Seuss tree). I pinch out the growing tips to counteract this tendency. Our tree leafs out early with intensely spring-green foliage that never fails to draw compliments. If you're looking for a small, tropical-looking yet xeric tree near your pool or patio, consider this one.
On May 28, 2004, texasyardman from Austin, TX wrote:
We have one eight-year old specimen in our yard that receives maximum sunlight possible. Very upright habit with moderately spreading crown, it's currently about 22-24' high, but added growth this year. Tidy tree by our experience-no yard litter from seeds or pods. It's in flower now, and is quite distinctive with the blooms at the branch tips. Would highly recommend it.
On Mar 13, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This tree is a fast grower, It can grow 5 feet in one year but it will not go over 25 or 30 feet. I cut mine back a few feet every year to keep new growth going and it looks great. The blossoms are like little fuzzy balls and they have a lovely scent. The foliage is lacy and delicate. I love this tree.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions: