Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa)
Mexican buckeye is a large shrub or small, multi-trunked tree. It has a tight look when grown in full sun and more open growth habit when grown as an understory tree. It normally has an irregular shape and pink flowers in early spring. Brilliant yellow fall color and decorative seed pods on bare branches in the winter. Bees make an excellent honey from the flowers. The seeds are sometimes used by children as marbles or in crafts. The seedpods are mildly poisonous. It is moderate-growing, drought-resistant and resistant to cotton root rot.
Mexican buckeye is very easy to grow in sun or shade in any well drained soil. It needs very little water and fertilizer. Although drought tolerant it can also stand moist soils.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Full sun to part shade
- 2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
- Wildlife value: butterflies, bees
- Host plant: Henry's Elfin butterfly
- Deer resistant