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Cylindropuntia imbricata (Haw.) F.M. Knuth
Tree cholla, Walking stick cholla, Cholla
USDA Symbol: cyim2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Cylindropuntia imbricata, tree cholla, is found in a wide range of environments, from the hot deserts of west Texas to the Colorado mountains above 6,000 feet. It has stout, quite thick branches, bearing fairly short white or light brown spines, 10 to 30 per areole (occasionally fewer), that allow the green stem color (purplish in times of cold weather) to be clearly visible, and the plant reaches heights of 8 feet, with most stems quite high above the ground, supported by a strong central trunk.
The attractive violet flowers are followed by knobbly orange fruits that stay attached to the plant for many months. Spines grow from elongated tubercles, which help differentiate the plant from similar species in its range, principally the cane cholla.
Description provided courtesy of The American Southwest.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Size Notes:
Up to 8 feet tall. Flower:
Pink, violet. Fruit:
Orange fruits stay attached to the plant for many months. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, TX Native Distribution:
South Colorado, all across New Mexico, west Texas, far southeast Arizona, west Oklahoma, west Kansas. Native Habitat:
Varied; grassland, scrubland, woodland, hillsides.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Far South Wholesale Nursery
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2013-07-13