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Ungnadia speciosa

Mexican buckeye is a native, multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree reaching 15 to 30 feet high and about 20 feet wide. Its native range is west, central Texas to Mexico and New Mexico. It is rapid-growing, drought-resistant, and resistant to cotton root rot. 
Its fragrant, pink flowers bloom simultaneously as it leafs out with light bronze-colored leaflets which turn pale green during the growing season. Its fall color is bright golden yellow. Its spring flowers somewhat resemble eastern redbuds. This plant may be used as a large, coarse multi-trunk shrub or trained into a small tree. It makes an attractive tall background shrub or deciduous screen. Mexican buckeye's round black somewhat shiny seeds are contained within a coarse, dark brown, 3 valved capsule which somewhat resembles buckeye (Aesculus spp.) seeds. However, the two species are not related. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the flowers. The seeds are eaten by birds and other mammals.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Neutral to alkaline, dry
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-9 
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