Vauquelinia corymbosa ssp. angustifolia
Vauquelinia corymbosa Humb. & Bonpl. ssp. angustifolia (Rydb.) Hess & Henrickson
Chisos rosewood, Slimleaf rosewood, Narrowleaf rosewood, Narrowleaf vauquelinia, Vauquel bush, Guauyul, Palo prieto
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Synonym(s): Vauquelinia angustifolia
USDA Symbol: VACOA
Chisos rosewood, a 9-15 ft. shrub, can reach 30 ft. in height. Its twisted branches with dark-brown bark, evergreen foliage, and showy flowers and fruit all make this an attractive landscape plant. The long, narrow, shiny leaves are dark-green above and yellow-green below. Large clusters of fragrant, white flowers are followed by fuzzy, white fruits.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: 12-30
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos mts. & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes; chaparral; canyons
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Evergreen leaves, dark brown bark, and showy flowers and fruit make this an attractive landscape plant. Drought-tolerant. Becomes disease prone–especially to rose-leaf spot–when grown outside its natural range.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds , Softwood Cuttings
Description: Fresh seed planted in fall will germinate. Keep seedlings protected over winter. Softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings taken in mid- to late summer will root.
Seed Collection: Gather capsules as soon as they begin to dry and turn brownish yellow. Seeds can be stored in or out of the capsule in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Seeds can be stored in the capsule or the capsules crushed and the seed separated and stored in the refrigerator. No pre-treatment is necessary for fresh seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
BibliographyBibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 481 - How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest: Revised and Updated Edition (2001) Nokes, J.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vauquelinia corymbosa ssp. angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vauquelinia corymbosa ssp. angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vauquelinia corymbosa ssp. angustifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-09-14
Research By: TWC Staff