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Vauquelinia californica    
Arizona rosewood   
Rosaceae Family     

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


young Vauquelinia californica mature Vauquelinia californica
young shrubby form trained as a tree

Form: large vase-shaped shrub; can be trained to either single or multistemmed tree
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 5-25ft, spread 4-15ft; moderate to rapid growth
Leaves: lancolate, alternate, 4in long, high degree of serration, glossy dark green on top, lighter underneath, red petioles, somewhat leathery
Flowers: dense white clusters on branch terminals, white, 2-3in across; bloom in early spring
Fruit: seeds enclosed in capsules; persistent
Stems/Trunks: stems are red; new tissue has bronzy color
Range/Origin: southern Arizona, Baja California, and northern Mexico
Hardiness: low teens

leaf close-up
serrated leaf margin on Vauquelinia californica (also note red petiole and stems)




recommended as an alternative to oleander

quality only appreciated in landscapes because it is difficult to keep specimens looking nice in nursery pots

typically does not show much progress for first season in ground, but once established is an attractive plant with moderate growth rate

white flowers
flowers on Vauquelinia californica

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