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Flaigg, Norman G.
Fendlera rupicola A. Gray
Cliff fendlerbush, Cliff fendlerbush. False mock orange
Synonym(s): Fendlera rupicola var. falcata
USDA Symbol: FERU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Cliff fendlerbush or false mock orange is a deciduous to semi-evergreen, multi-branched shrub to 6 1/2 ft. Showy white or pink-tinged flowers blanket the entire blooming plant. New bark is a lustrous reddish-tan, becoming gray and shreddy with age. Leaves are narrow and thick with rolled margins.
Cliff Fendlerbush is a member of the hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae) which includes mainly small trees or shrubs, sometimes herbs, with flowers often in roundish or flattish clusters, sometimes in heads. This species provides excellent browse for goats, sheep, and deer.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, UT Native Distribution:
s. to w. TX, AZ
& n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky mt. slopes; deserts; mesas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Igneous or limestone soils.
Conditions Comments: May become lanky; improved by pruning. Drought-tolerant.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Excellent browse for goats, sheep & deer.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Looking for seeds or plant of Fendlera wrightii
January 01, 2009
How I can get a plant or a seed of Fendlera Wrightii, Texas native bush.
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Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff