Jojoba
Simmondsia chinensis

Family: Simmondsiaceae
Genus: Simmondsia (sim-MONDS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Congress, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Bostonia, California

Fallbrook, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 7, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Jojoba is a great hedge plant in hot dry areas. I would really like to see it used more in commercial plantings. We have Simmondsia chinensis as a hedge in a narrow bed between our driveway and a block wall. It is a very hot location in full sun and we water it only sporadically -- maybe 4 or 5 times a year. The jojoba thrives. We keep ours at about 4 feet tall, but it would get much taller if we let it. It trims nicely and forms a neat, dense gray-green hedge. Our hedge has both female and male plants.

Positive

On Feb 25, 2005, chameleontree from Congress, AZ wrote:

Very heat and drought tolerant ,easy to grow from seed (nuts)
can be grown in pots ,very deep rooted when grown in the ground , wind pollinated ,male and female plants , 3 to 5 yrs. to be able to sex seedlings, can grow 2 to 15 ft. Can live for hundreds of years , nuts contain an oil (wax) that was SPF of 15 and is easy to extract , nut are also edible