The Anacua is a native of Southern Texas. It is categorized as an evergreen south of San Antonio because of the light winters, and a semi-evergreen everywhere else. Due to the rough texture of its leaves, the Anacua is also referred to as the Sandpaper Tree.

The tree grows best in alkaline areas because of its flowering growth. The fragrant flowers of the Anacua tree appear in spring and throughout summer. The showy flowering tree develops clusters of orange fruits in July. These attract wildlife in the fall months.