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Cneoridium dumosum

Cneoridium dumosum (Nutt.) Hook. f. ex Baill.

Bush Rue, Bush-rue

Rutaceae (Rue Family)

Synonym(s): Pitavia dumosa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 2-5 ft. shrub with an intricately branched, sprawling habit that lends itself to being a high ground cover. The plant has small, shiny leaves and white flowers the appear after winter rains. The fruit, which may not occur every year, looks like a red, 1/4 in. orange.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Drupe-like.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Dec


Native Distribution: Orange & San Diego Cos., CA to adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Mesas & bluffs below 2500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.


Description: Sow treated seed.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cneoridium dumosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cneoridium dumosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cneoridium dumosum


Record Modified: 2022-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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