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Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens

Ziziphus obtusifolia (Hook. ex Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray var. canescens (A. Gray) M.C. Johnst.

Gray Crucillo, Graythorn, Grey Leaved Abrojo, Lotebush

Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)

Synonym(s): Condalia lycioides var. canescens, Condaliopsis lycioides var. canescens


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Washes, basin edges, roadsides, mesquite and tamarisk thickets.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens


Record Modified: 2020-11-16
Research By: CBR

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