young Vauquelinia californica Vauquelinia californica - Arizona Rosewood Vauquelinia californica - Arizona Rosewood
mature Vauquelinia californica
Common Name Arizona Rosewood, Desert Rose
Latin Name Vauquelinia californica
Family / Origin Rosaceae /
Sunset zone / USDA zone 10-13 / 7-10
Type / Form Shrub or tree / Large shrub, small tree
Native Habitat Deserts from 2,500 feet to 6,000 feet in Arizona and Baja California
Soil Decomposed granite, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained, will grow in grass, does not mind foot traffic around its base
Exposure Full or partial sun
Water Once per month in hot dry weather
Height X Width Usual 10 feet X 15 feet or prune to desired size
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen, green oleander-like serrated leaved
Flowers In place of oleander, shrub, hedge, or tree, may be pruned, cream colored blooms May through July
Bark / Roots Smooth reddish gray with horizontal lenticels, later becoming scaly and darker.  Twigs slender, reddish brown with fine gray velvety fuzz covering new growth. /
Maintenance Little unless pruning is desired, grows slowly
Propagation Seeds, cuttings
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape Uses Erosion control, rock garden, barrier, borders, low maintenance, hedge, background, parkways, specimen
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Butterfly
Nature Value Attracts bees, butterflies, and songbirds; browse for game and livestock
Native American Uses None known
Comments Use in place of oleanders (less water, lower maintenance, less litter, non-poisonous
Links  
    Images and data: http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Vauquelinia_californica.html
    Images and data: http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/whites/white73.html
    Images and data: http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Rosaceae/Vauquelinia_californica.html
    Images and data: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vauquelinia_californica
    Images and data: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/113153/
    Images and data: http://www.aridzonetrees.com/AZT%20Interactive%20Buttons/Tree%20Index/Cut%20sheets/Vauquelinia/Vauquelinia%20californica.htm
    Images and data: http://wc.pima.edu/Bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/shrubs_arro.htm
    Images and data: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Vauquelinia+californica
    Images and data: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=vaca5
    Images and data: http://www.sagebud.com/arizona-rosewood-vauquelinia-californica/
    Images and data: http://www.xeriscape-today.com/ids/Vauquelinia_californica.pdf
    Images and data: http://www.delange.org/RosewoodArizona/RosewoodArizona.htm
    Images and data: http://cabezaprieta.org/plant_page.php?id=2133s2137
    Images and data: http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2005/07/07/arizona-rosewood/
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/RosewoodArizona/RosewoodArizona.htm
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=647
    Images: http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=286
    Distribution map: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/vauqcali.pdf
    Nursery, and data http://www.mistymeadowsnursery.com/601.html
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
   
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