Simmondsia chinensis/Jojoba

Simmondsia chinensis / Simmondsia chinensis
Thick, leathery, oval-shaped leaves
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Thick, leathery, oval-shaped leaves

A broad, spreading specimen shrub growing in southern California

Close-up image of the leaves growing in a upward habit of growth

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Scientific Name: Simmondsia chinensis
Common Name: Jojoba
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a drought-tolerant shrub which performs well in the Southwest where temperatures are quite mild. Leaves are oblong and leathery with an upward growth habit. Fruit on female plants only. Cannot take hard freezes. Provide a well drained soil and full sunlight.