Mangle Dulce

Maytenus phyllanthoides, Tricerma phyllanthoides

Maytenus phyllanthoides, also known as the desert spike-thorn, is a resilient shrub native to arid regions of North America. Recognizable by its slender, spiny branches and small green leaves, it adapts well to harsh desert conditions.

While not prominent in commercial or horticultural use, it contributes to desert ecosystems by providing shelter and food for wildlife, showcasing the diversity of flora in arid environments.

Flowers: Spring (not showy)
Status: Near Native
Origin: Mexico, Texas, Florida
Family: Celastraceae
Size: Up to 15′ tall and wide
Sun: Full
Watering: Moderate – needs regular irrigation during low desert summers
Growth Rate: Slow
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Hardy to 15 degrees F
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Provides shelter for wildlife


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