It is the only species in the monotypic genus Olneya. Staff is eligible to use their available paid sick time for any such occurrence of illness. It is too dense to float in water, but burns at a high temperature. We obtain necessary materials for installation purposes only, and recommend consulting a nursery or supplier for direct purchasing needs. Desert ironwood is a member of the pea family and its leaves and flowers resemble the sweet pea. Final treatment of the wood with solutions can also be difficult because of its high density. After the flowers fade, edible, brown seedpods develop, which become a major food supply for wildlife. The leaves have a soft covering of hair which protects them from damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Olneya does not range into the higher-elevation, colder, southeast of Arizona's Sonoran Desert region, nor into the sky islands of the Madrean Sky Islands region. We offer online meetings for your comfort. Any staff showing signs or symptoms of illness are being advised to stay home. The wood of the ironwood is hard and dense and is used for woodworking, charcoal, and firewood. This single- or multi-trunk tree reaches heights of twenty-five feet with a … Ironwood Forest National Monument in south-central Arizona is named for Olneya tesota. Bloom time occurs in late April/May to June. Practicing social distancing and conducting (only essential) client interactions at a safe 6’ distance to protect our customers & staff. All staff members are currently wearing face masks while in trucks, in the office, and on our property. We want to let all of our customers know that we have precautionary measures in place to ensure the safety and wellness of our customers and employees! The desert ironwood grows as a bush or tree and reaches heights of about 10 metres (33 ft), and average trunk diameters of about 60 cm (24 in); in exceptional sites in larger protected washes it can reach greater height and a more massive trunk. In the north, both species define the Colorado Desert subregion of the Sonoran Desert surrounding the northern end of the Gulf of California; further south in the Baja Peninsula the sub-division is defined as the Vizcaino Desert. It is one of the biggest and oldest plants, growing to heights of 45 feet and persisting in the desert … The desert ironwood, Olneya, is native to the southwestern United States and extreme northwestern Mexico in the Baja California Peninsula and the Sonoran Desert, and is partially an indicator species of that desert. , The seeds can be eaten by first being roasted.. Olneya ironwood is very hard and heavy. The desert ironwood grows as a bush or tree and reaches heights of about 10 metres (33 ft), and average trunk diameters of about 60 cm (24 in); in exceptional sites in larger protected washes it can reach greater height and a more massive trunk. The seasonally migrating lesser long-nosed bat follows the bloom season of various species from south to north and extends into the same regions of the Sonoran Desert as Olneya. We are staffed and ready to serve you with all your landscape installations, landscape maintenance, arborist issues and irrigation repair needs! It also grows natively in the southeastern California deserts, Baja California, and Sonora, Mexico. The pleasant-tasting sap is consumed by bees and hummingbirds. Leaves are arranged on a petiole, 6 in (15 cm) long, with 6-9 leaflets-(or variously up to 15, 7, 7-opposite, and one terminal), each being 0.7 to 2.5 cm (0.28 to 0.98 in). The tree is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, where it grows below 2,500 feet in sandy washes, rocky slopes, and valleys. Catclaw acacia's seedpods are noticeably J-shaped and of shorter length. We are staying updated on all recent developments and our primary concerns is to our clients and staff. In early spring through late spring, clusters of pea-like flowers appear which range from pale rose to pink or white. *Our plant guide provides informational resources regarding plants that we commonly use. Olneya tesota is an indicator species of the Sonoran Desert region. Seedpods are 5–8 cm (2–4 in) long, and light reddish brown when seedpods are ripened. Two other species Parkinsonia florida-(Blue Palo Verde), and Acacia constricta-(Catclaw Acacia) have similar light red brownish seedpods. Due to its considerable hardness, processing desert ironwood is difficult. This single- or multi-trunk tree reaches heights of twenty-five feet with a nearly equal spread, and is slow-growing. As a result, mass processing of this wood is difficult, and most of its commercial usages are artisanal, such as durable wooden sculptures as well as knife handles. The tree is drought-resistant, prefers well-draining soil, full sun, and reflected heat.