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Botanical Name: Bursera microphylla
Common Name: Elephant Tree
- The only species of its family in California. It is an intricate branched small shrubby tree with a short, thick trunk which grows thicker with age. Younger branches are generally reddish in color. The alternate leaves are aromatic with a scent of camphor.
- Plant Family: Burseraceae
- Plant Type: Small Tree
- Height by Width: 15-45' H x 10-20' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, some canopy.
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought deciduous
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
- Soil Preference: Sandy, rocky
- Water Requirements: Very drought-tolerant
- Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
- Flower Season: Early Summer
- Flower Color: Pale Yellow-green flowers follow by fruit
- Endangered?: List 2.3
- Distribution: Western edge of the Sonoran Desert
- Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes up to 2,300'
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