The Texas Ebony has fragrant flowers and is a good street and shade tree because of its ability to grow in small places with compacted soil.
Preferring well-drained, alkaline soils, Texas Ebony will thrive in full sun with little water once established. Trees are tolerant of wind and compacted soil, helping to make them a popular choice for arid landscapes. Fruit litter is not a problem.
Growing in open areas of the warm South, Texas ebony provides valuable shelter for mammals and birds. Birds eat the fruits and seeds.
Its seeds can be eaten and the shells used as an alternative for coffee. The seeds may also be dried and made into jewelry.
The Texas Ebony needs care and watering when young, but once established can survive the driest conditions.
The leaves are dark green bipinnately divided with oval leaflets.
The flowers are creamy white and yellow.
This tree blooms in late spring and intermittently throughout the summer..
The fruit is 4-6" long seed pods that are black to brown.