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Species Name: Simmondsia chinensis
Common Name: Jojoba
- A great shrub for dry areas, especially high desert gardens. Female plants produce the highly prized Jojoba oil. Fruit is edible, seeds are an important source of wildlife forage.
- Plant Family: Simmondsiaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 6-10' H x 8' W
- Growth Habit: Dense
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then moderate
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Yellow
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Western Peninsular Ranges, San Jacinto Mountains, Sonoran Desert, Northern Mexico
- Natural Habitat: Arid areas below 4800'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rather stiff growing much branched shrub with grayish green foliage, from the desert regions. Excellent for planting on dry banks and hillsides. Gallon cans, 50c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.