Dalea spinosa, Smoke Tree
Common Name Smoke Tree
Latin Name Dalea spinosa
Native Habitat Dry creek beds and arroyos of southwest U. S. and Mexico deserts below 2,500 feet
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Height X Width 15 feet X 30 feet
Protective Mechanism Touching leaves causes irritation, branches sharp, terminal spikes
Leaves Silver, deciduous
Garden Suitability Fragrant, Moonlight
Ornamental Value Purple sweet smelling pea flowers in the spring, silver leaves, green stems, leaves for only a short time
Nature Value Fruits and seeds eaten
Native American Uses Source of honey
Links  
    Images and data http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/dalea/dalea_0962.php
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Dalea_spinosa.html
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/sep97/du_smoketree.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=6928
    Photos http://www.biology.ed.ac.uk/research/groups/jdeacon/desertecology/smoke.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/234.htm
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