Fouquieria columnaris     
Fouquieriaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


mature Fouquieria columnairis
Form: tall desert tree; usually a single trunk
Seasonality: summer deciduous
Size: 60ft, width of twiggy branches to 15ft but very narrow at top; extremely slow grower
Leaves: rounded, 1/2 to 3/4in grayish green
Flowers: large panicles of yellow flowers at peak of trunk
Fruit: seeds
Stems/Trunks: thick columnar trunk, wide at base tapering at tip; sharp spines all along twiggy branches
Range/Origin: central Baja California; Sonora Mexico
Hardiness: to 25 °F

baby Boojum tree
young specimen of Fouquieria columnaris



close-up of spines
leaf detail

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