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Texas Kidneywood

Eysenhardtia texana

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eysenhardtia (eye-sen-HARD-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: texana (tek-SAY-nuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Austin, Texas

Bartlett, Texas

Crawford, Texas

Decatur, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Garland, Texas

Hondo, Texas

Houston, Texas

Kendalia, Texas

Lampasas, Texas

Laredo, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Medina, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Waco, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Orchards, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 11, 2017, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I planted it out and never watered it in hard raw stony limey dirt and it grew but it was uncaged and the deer have kept it a small heavily branched shrub. That was YEARS ago, more than a decade and it is still with us , so I am now growing lots from seed. maybe if I have more , I will get more blooms and taller plants.. I love the smell. I think I will cage these so they can get taller, more tree like.I have 10 more to plant out this winter.


On Apr 5, 2015, bigthicket from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

Texas Kidneywood is the NorthEastern version of this shrub, with E. polystachya & E. orthocarpa to the South & West in Mexico. They're all rangy, tough shrubs with sweet-smelling white flowers after summer rain. Many pollinators flock to them, & they're reportedly good honey plants. E. texana can be kept pruned into a small, rugged tree... very attractive. Mine has been vigorous & indestructible.
I'm in Houston, about 100 miles East of its native range (Hill country south to the Valley) but it has thrived in full sun, in a completely neglected area by the street. It's about 10 years old & 15 feet tall. As an added bonus, when pruning it, the foliage smells delicious. (Hard to describe, but citrus-spicy with a meatiness to it; don't eat it though!) Update January 2016: The po... read more


On Jun 21, 2014, beazert from Decatur, TX wrote:

Planted two of these in a cactus rock garden driveway entry a couple of years ago. They get no supplemental water (500 feet from the house), but have easily survived the last two years' drought. There was a little die back from our record cold this winter (55 freezes), but they trimmed up nicely and are doing fine. A great xeriscaping shrub/small tree. Acquired from Stuart Nursery in Weatherford.


On Sep 23, 2013, sandravolk from Lake Dallas, TX wrote:

Attractive little tree that attracts a variety of bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. Drought and heat tolerant. Tripled in size over the summer and really filled out, began blooming profusely in mid September. Am very happy with this nice easy care native tree and plan to add more next year.


On Aug 12, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant, but have observed it in its natural habitat. Another common name for this plant is Vara Dulce. It is a perennial, deciduous to semideciduous, many branched, open and airy structured, unarmed native shrub or small tree that inhabits southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. It is usually found on slopes and in canyons and is hardy to about 15F (-9C). Texas kidneywood is irregularly shaped and attains a height of between 3 and 10 feet and a width of between 3 and 10 feet. It requires full sun, is drought tolerant and needs soil that has good drainage.

The aromatic, finely divided (even-pinnate, 8 to 14 elliptical leaflets), grayish green, resinous leaves have a distinctive odor when crushed. From April to November, the small white vanilla-scente... read more


On Oct 10, 2004, Super65 from Belton, TX wrote:

Small unique shrub which is very drought tolerant. Also known as Rock Brush. Found growing in a gravelly canyon in southern Bell County west of Bartlett.