Texas Mountain Laurel buds - Sophora secundiflora

Texas Mountain Laurel buds - Sophora secundiflora - click image for detail

Grape flavor Kool Aid is the olfactory surprise that accompanies the February blooms of the Texas Mountain Laurel.  It ranges in size from a small shrub to a small tree depending on conditions. The bright red seeds give it another common name, Mescal Bean.