Fendlera rupicola A. Gray
Cliff Fendlerbush, False Mock-orange
Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)
Synonym(s): Fendlera rupicola var. falcata
USDA Symbol: feru
Cliff fendlerbush or false mock orange is a deciduous to semi-evergreen, multi-branched shrub usually to 6-1/2 ft. Showy white or pink-tinged flowers blanket the entire blooming plant. New bark is a lustrous reddish-tan, becoming gray and shreddy with age. Leaves are narrow and thick with rolled margins.
Cliff Fendlerbush is a member of the hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae) which includes mainly small trees or shrubs, sometimes herbs, with flowers often in roundish or flattish clusters, sometimes in heads. This species provides excellent browse for goats, sheep, and deer.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Sometimes blooms in the fall.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: W. CO, s. to w. TX, AZ & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky mt. slopes; deserts; mesas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Igneous or limestone soils.
Conditions Comments: May become lanky; improved by pruning. Drought-tolerant.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Excellent browse for goats, sheep & deer.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Fendlera rupicola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fendlera rupicola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Fendlera rupicola
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff