kidneywood Fabaceae Eysenhardtia orthocarpa A. Gray) S. Watson Listen to the Latin symbol: EYOR Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, tardily deciduous, to 6 inches long; with many narrowly elliptical glabrous leaflets, each with an entire margin and on a short petiole, light green above and below.
Flower: Borne on tall (to 6 inch), loose spikes at the ends of the twigs, white, fragrant (vanilla-like); appearing after rainfall at any time during the growing season.
Fruit: Flattened pod, light brown, 1/2 inch long; containing 1 kidney-shaped, smooth, red-brown seed.
Twig: Moderate, gray-brown and somewhat grooved below the nodes, buds are small, gray-brown and appressed.
Bark: Initially smooth and gray, Smooth and gray; later becoming ridged or developing a shreddy appearance, broken into small plates or loose scales.
Form: A multi-stem shrub or small tree to 20 feet tall.

Looks like: Texas kidneywood
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Additional Range Information:
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting kidneywood.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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