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The Texas Mountain Laurel, an amazing bush.  While resilient to hot dry weather, I have one bush that has far exceeded the normal growth rate.  Why?  It gets much more water than the ones out in my field.  The flowers that happen twice a year are stunning and so sweet smelling.  The visitors we receive because of the enchanting smell are amazing.  From moths that fly like humming birds, to massive swallow tail butterflies.   The only downfall of this bush is a lot of time is spent trimming out the very heavy seed pods it leaves when the flowers are done.   This is not truly necessary, but looks better.  I plan to plant a lot of more this beauty in the yard!

Pros:  Butterflies Love, evergreen, drought resistant, thick privacy hedge

Cons: leaves tons of seeds, Bees and Flies love, needs occasional trimming.