How to Plant Mountain Laurel Seeds

Overview

Mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora), a small evegreen shrub, grows 25 feet tall with a 10-foot spread. The shrub, often pruned into a tree shape, grows well in containers or alongside patios, as a screen or beside a street. Glossy foliage measures 2 inches in length. Each spring, pendulas fragrant purple flowers appear that often measure 5 inches in length. Seedpods measuring 8 inches and softly covered with fur appear following flowering. Although poisonouis if consumed, the seeds are used to fashion jewelry. Mountain laurel grows easily from seeds. Plant the seeds in late spring for best results.

Step 1

Choose a sunlit location to plant mountain laurel seeds. Work the soil to a depth of 1 foot. Remove all weed growth and work peat moss or aged manure into the soil. The soil should have a crumbly consistency when touched.

Step 2

Plant the seeds when their color appears greyish green. do not plant the seeds if they have turned red because the seed has dried out and died when it attains red coloring. Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep.

Step 3

Water the seeds thoroughly. Keep the areas most but not drenched. Mountain laurel seeds develop a 6- to 8-inch root system before above ground germination occurs.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand trowel
  • Shovel
  • Peat moss
  • Aged manure

References

  • University of Texas: Texas Mountain Laurel
  • University of Texas: Sophora secundiflora
  • Arid Zone Trees: Sophora secundiflora Texas Mountain Laurel
  • U.S. Forest Service: Sophora secundiflora

Who Can Help

  • Texas A & M University: Texas Mountain Laurel
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Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.