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Old 22-05-2003, 05:20 PM
Jimbo156
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Default What is this tree with purple blossoms?

A neighbor has a tree that is about 8 ft. tall that was covered with
large purple blossoms in early spring (in S. Texas)...now the blossoms
hve gone, but there are bean pods hanging straight down that are
probably 4 in. long. Any idea what it is?
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Old 22-05-2003, 08:44 PM
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Default What is this tree with purple blossoms?


"Jimbo156" wrote in message
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A neighbor has a tree that is about 8 ft. tall that was covered with
large purple blossoms in early spring (in S. Texas)...now the blossoms
hve gone, but there are bean pods hanging straight down that are
probably 4 in. long. Any idea what it is?


Sounds like wisteria, which is a vine that can be pruned to look like a
tree, or which may have taken over a small tree as it's trellis. It's blooms
are shaped sort of like grape clusters, which are beautiful, fragrant,
profuse in spring, and sporadic thereafter. Flowers are replaced by a 'bean
pod' with flat dark seeds in it, which bursts when ripened and dried,
sending the seeds several feet away. A lovely but Incredibly destructive
and invasive vine, if not carefully and constantly controlled, at least in
the south.


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Old 23-05-2003, 04:08 AM
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Default What is this tree with purple blossoms?


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A neighbor has a tree that is about 8 ft. tall that was covered with
large purple blossoms in early spring (in S. Texas)...now the blossoms
hve gone, but there are bean pods hanging straight down that are
probably 4 in. long. Any idea what it is?


Texas Mountain Laurel?
http://www.desverde.com/treegallery/texasmtnlaurel.cfm


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Old 24-05-2003, 12:56 PM
Tom Randy
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Default What is this tree with purple blossoms?

On Thu, 22 May 2003 12:19:38 -0400, Jimbo156 wrote:

A neighbor has a tree that is about 8 ft. tall that was covered with
large purple blossoms in early spring (in S. Texas)...now the blossoms
hve gone, but there are bean pods hanging straight down that are probably
4 in. long. Any idea what it is?



Sounds like Wisteria but it would be too early for Wisteria seed pods I
would think...
 




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