Arizona Rosewood

Vauquelinia californica

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Upper Sonoran Desert scrub above 2500 ft, often coexisting with Dodonaea viscosa
Family: Rosaceae
Size:  15′ high x 10′ wide
Sun: Full to part sun, no reflected heat in Phoenix
Watering: Infrequent deep irrigation during summer
Growth Rate: Slow
Soil: Prefers well drained
Temperature: Challenged at temperatures above 110 F. Hardy to 10 F
Pruning: Prune lightly only to shape
Disease and Pests: Texas root rot
Uses: Host for the Two-Tailed Swallowtail.
Notes: Slow growing, multi-trunked. Non-poisonous substitute for Oleander. Performs better in Tucson than Phoenix – only moderately withstands reflected summer heat.

Photo by silversea_starsong


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