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Helietta parvifolia


Baretta is a slender evergreen tree that in Texas is found only in Starr County in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It blooms with tiny, greenish- white flowers in terminal clusters from March to May, with small, dry, winged fruit ripening from September to October. The resinous leaves emit a pungent, not unpleasant odor when crushed. The bark flakes off, showing lighter wood underneath.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: greenish-white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small, 4-winged samara-like fruit

Height: to 20 ft.

Width: to 10 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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