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PlantFiles: Mexican Ocotillo Tree, Candlewood Tree
Fouquieria macdougalii

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Family: Fouquieriaceae
Genus: Fouquieria (foo-KWEER-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: macdougalii (mak-DOOG-uh-lee-eye) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Trees
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
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:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Red

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral kdaustin On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pretty in pots, too bad its not winter hardy in my area.
Slow growing, very attractive specimen, which stays in leaf longer than F. splendans. Flower clusters are larger and exceedingly lovely. Hummingbirds dart in and out of the greenhouse where it resides to sip.
Note:Mountain States Wholesale Nursery says it is hardy to Zone 8, perhaps its hardier than we think?

Neutral palmbob On Mar 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

small tree with variegated-looking bark patterns and large spines. Tree has short stem and long branches up to over 10' tall and small, spaced simple lancelote leaves- deciduous.

Regional...

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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Bostonia, California
Palm Springs, California
San Leandro, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
El Paso, Texas



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