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Mexican Ocotillo Tree, Candlewood Tree
Fouquieria macdougalii

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

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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

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.