AZ Arboretums

Dalea frutescens

Black daleaCommon: Black dalea
Family: Fabaceae
Range/Origin: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, northeastern Mexico
Light: Full sun
Water: Little water, long roots will find water some distance away
Soil: Tolerant, good drainage
Temperature: Excellent heat tolerance, hardy in Phoenix

Round, deciduous shrub, 3-4 ft in height with equal spread. Pinnately compound leaves, dark green with fine texture.

Flowers are bright lavender clusters 2/4in long on branch terminals, bloom from August-November. No significant fruit.

Xeriscape plant. Can be used in informal hedge. Little to no maintenance, shearing occasionally will increase vigo