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Vauquelinia californica (Torr.) Sarg.
Arizona rosewood, Arizona-rosewood
USDA Symbol: vaca5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Arizona-rosewood is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree to 10 ft. Leathery, yellow-green foliage provides a backdrop for the flat-topped clusters of white, five-petaled flowers. Evergreen, much-branched shrub or small tree with stiff, twisted branches.
The beautiful, dark brown wood streaked with red is hard and very heavy; however, the trees scarcity, small size, and slow growth have limited commercial use. This genus is dedicated to Louis Nicholas Vauquelin (1763-1827), a French chemist. Despite its Latin species name, which was given before boundaries were definite, it is not native to California.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AZ , NM Native Distribution:
AZ & n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Canyons and mountains; 2500 to 5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Sometime found, in nature, on limestone; often found among live oaks.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TX
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff