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Common Name:

Texas Kidneywood

Scientific Name:

Eysenhardtia texana

Family Name:

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)


Texas Kidneywood is an open canopied medium to large deciduous shrub valued for its arid landscape tolerance and showy racemes of small fragrant trumpet-shpaed white flowers.

Plant Habit or Use:

Medium shrub, large shrub


sun, partial sun

Blooming Period:

Spring, summer


6 ft to 8 ft (15 ft)


6 ft to 10 ft

Earth–Kind® Index:

  • Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
  • Water Requirements: Low Water Use
  • Soil Requirements: High Soil Requirements
  • Pest Tolerance: Medium Pest Resistance
  • Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown

Firewise Index

Explanation of the Firewise Index numerical value

USDA Hardiness Zones:

7, 8, 9, 10

Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains Region B - North and Central Texas Region C - Northeast and East Texas Region D - West Texas Region E - Upper Rio Grande Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast Region G - Southeast Texas Region H - Rio Grande Valley
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Additional Comments:

This is a tough Hill Country native suitable for mixed shrub borders, naturalizing, and xeriscapes. It's cold tolerance has not been fully tested. No fall color develops on this species.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals

Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies, snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.

As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.