Handling & Installation of Texas Mountain Laurel


Texas mountain laurel has a very sparse root system.  Because of this, the rootball breaks easily.   

Do not move this item when the rootball is wet and, thus, heavy.  The roots can’t support the weight of the soil when it’s wet.  

  • When moving, use a dolly.   If one is not available, place a shovel handle under the twine above the rootbag.  Two men can now easily carry a tree. 
  • Do not, under any circumstances, roll the tree.  This will break the rootball and kill the tree.
  • Transport standing up.  Laying down, it cannot handle the jostling of highway travel. 
Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Mountain Laurel, Sophora secundaflora


  1. Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball.  If you have heavy clay soil, mix your dirt and a planting mix ½ and ½. 
  2. Cut and completely remove the bag from the tree.
  3. Plant the tree so that the top of the root ball is at or slightly above the surrounding soil level.  DO NOT COVER THE CROWN OF YOUR TREE’S TRUNK WITH DIRT.
  4. TAMP THE SOIL MIX FIRMLY around the root ball, eliminating all air pockets.
  5. Make a deep basin of soil to retain water.   WATER DEEPLY & THOROUGHLY.
  6. MULCH (but the mulch should not touch your tree’s trunk)
  7. DO NOT FERTILIZE your newly planted tree for at least one year.


Newly planted trees must be watered thoroughly for the first five (5) days after planting.  This settles the soil and removes air pockets in the soil and from around the tree.

Texas mountain laurels do not like to stand in water.   Make sure you plant in a well-drained area.  

 YELLOW LEAVES – too much water

BROWN LEAVES – not enough water



About Simmons Oak Farms

21225 Krupala Road Harlingen, Texas 78550 (956) 425-5859 We're a wholesale growers of trees & palms. Our goal is to provide our customers with top quality plants at competitive prices.
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4 Responses to Handling & Installation of Texas Mountain Laurel

  1. ted says:

    Please send me an availability and photos of
    your biggest mountain laurels. Like to visit.ae

    Thanks, Ted

  2. monica says:

    Do you have any Texas Vitex trees?

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