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Fouquieria columnaris


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Scientific Name Fouquieria columnaris
Principal Common Name Boojum
Common Name(s) Cirio
Description A large stem succulent growing to 50-55 feet high with a gently tapering trunk, similar to a tall candle, up to 1-1/2 feet wide at the base. The trunk has several pencil-like short branches with deciduous leaves. On older trees, the main trunk splits into two or more stems near the top. The cream to yellow tubular flowers bloom from July to August and appear at the tops of the trunks and near the stem tips.
General Comments This unusual tree has very small fleshy leaves that drop not long after they form leaving a twiggy spiney trunk behind.
Nativity Baja California, Mexico
Height Range 50 - 55 FT
Spread Range 1 - 2 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Blue-green : Yellow-Green
Leaf Texture Fleshy
Form Shrub : Small Tree : Succulent
Flower Color Creamy Yellow
Flower Time July : Aug
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Dry : Poor : Rocky
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : Medium : Sparse
Outstanding Features Drought tolerant : Form : Shape

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