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Psorothamnus spinosus, Desert Smoke Tree is a very interesting tree, and makes quite a statement in the garden.
Its crooked trunk and snarled, numerous dense branches makes it stand out whenever seen.
This tree is a member of the pea family and can grow either as a tree or a shrub to a height of 20 feet. It most often grows near washes, and requires more water than the average desert tree. Smoke Trees are found from sea level to 1500 feet.
During the spring and early summer months, leaves briefly appear, then disappear, replaced with beautiful purple flowers.
Sunset Zone(s): 12-13
USDA Zone(s): 9-11
Blooming Period: Spring/Summer
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established but likes regular summer watering
Collection elevation: 750 feet
Location: San Bernardino County