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Coleonema pulchellum

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coleonema (koh-lee-oh-NEE-muh) (Info)
Species: pulchellum (pul-KEL-um) (Info)

Synonym:Coleonema pulchrum
Synonym:Diosma pulchra

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JoysGarden4 On Apr 19, 2014, JoysGarden4 from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

This was a lovely plant that graced our front yard for many years. Unfortunately, Santa Rosa CA had a very unusual, hard freeze this winter (low 20's) and my Coleonema didn't make it. :-( I think perhaps it had gotten too dry with the lack of rain and I didn't think to give it an extra shot of water before the freezing weather settled in. Amazingly, I have the same plant in a pot in the back yard, and it fared just fine! Go figure!

Neutral Cathyinphoenix On Mar 2, 2012, Cathyinphoenix from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I just bought this plant at a home warehouse store they did not really seem to know much about it. Will it grow in Phoenix? I figure if they sell it here it should grow here, right? Or will the heat kill it off? I will plant it with some shade facing north. It really is pretty so I am hoping it will grow. Thank you for letting me know if I should plant it or return it.

Positive ims191 On Mar 30, 2007, ims191 from Los Gatos, CA wrote:

One of a handful of bushes in my yard that the deer have left alone. Flowers almost around the year.

Positive Loulou727 On Sep 5, 2006, Loulou727 from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I agree, it is lovelier left unpruned. It will sway in a gentle breeze, adding a wonderful kinetic element to the garden.

Positive jkom51 On Dec 23, 2003, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very fast-growing, drought-tolerant shrub offers a fresh green color year-round. Will get beaten down by rain and wind but springs back up again quickly. Gets seriously wide if not crowded by its neighbors; prune if necessary but it looks better unpruned.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calabasas, California
Canoga Park, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Clovis, California
Crockett, California
Fallbrook, California
Fortuna, California
Hesperia, California
Knights Landing, California
Lakewood, California
Los Angeles, California
Los Gatos, California
Manteca, California
Martinez, California
Merced, California
Oakland, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
San Leandro, California
Santa Maria, California
Santa Rosa, California
Simi Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Walnut, California

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