|The Smoketree is a
of the Pea Family. It appears as a small tree or shrub that grows to 20
feet in height with a trunk up to a foot in diameter. The bark is a
dark, grayish brown with many scales. The plant is typically leafless,
however, the many gray-green twigs produce food for the plant by
performing photosynthesis. The Smoketree typically grows in sandy desert
areas at elevations below 1000 feet.
The Smoketree is also known as:
smokethorn, smokethorn dalea and indigo bush.
The plant typically blooms between May
- June and produces bluish purple flowers to 0.5 inches in length in a
cluster to 1.5 inches long.