Myrospermum sousanum, arroyo sweetwood

Category: Trees
Family: Leguminosae
Origin: Mexico
Evergreen: no
Flower Color: white, brown
Bloom Time: spring
Height: 25 ft
Width: 10 ft
Exposure: sun
Irrigation: low to medium
Cold Hardiness: 5 F at least
Description: First collected by Lynn Lowrey in Bustamente, Mexico where he found it growing in a goat pasture. All parts are very aromatic, reminiscent of cinnamon. The flowers are born on racemes in great numbers among blue-green foliage. The pods turn dark brown in late summer providing ongoing contrast. Finally, in fall the leaves turn a ghostly yellow.