Texas Kidneywood Flower
image by Jim Gober
Texas kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana) grows up to 10 feet tall with thin, lacy leaves and branches that have a strong fresh odor when crushed. The sweet-smelling cylindrical flowers are held upright at the end of thin, delicate branches. Texas kidneywood blooms best during periods of rain.
Prune the dead or brittle small branches around the base of the plant first. Remember that you want the plant to look like a small tree, so leave three to five main branches or trunks. Some kidneywood shrubs may only have one main branch, so cut around that one. Cut small branches to just below ground level to help expose main trunks.
Prune larger branches back to the collar where they meet the main trunk. Cutting the branch flush with the trunk will delay the natural healing process.
Change direction of growth by cutting a branch back to the limb growing in desired direction.
Step back and look at pruned shrub from different angles to check final shape of shrub. It should look like a small tree.