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New Mexico Locust, Southwestern Locust, Hojalito
Robinia neomexicana


New Mexico Locust is an infrequent or rare spiny shrub or small tree that forms large thickets and sprouts freely from stumps and roots. In Texas it grows in the Guadalupe Mountains in west Texas, above 5,200 feet, and on North Franklin Mountain in El Paso. The rose-colored flowers are large and showy.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: rose

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: flat light-brown pod

Height: to 15 ft.

Width: to 15 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone:

Additional Comments: Black Locust, R. pseudoacacia, is widely cultivated in Texas but is an introduced tree.

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