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Cylindropuntia arbuscula

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: arbuscula (ar-BUS-ku-luh) (Info)

Synonym:Opuntia hualpaensis
Synonym:Opuntia vivipara
Synonym:Opuntia neoarbuscula
Synonym:Opuntia arbuscula

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Red
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Stewl On May 19, 2013, Stewl from Carnuel, NM wrote:

I acquired this plant as a hitchhiker with an ocotillo from Arizona. It was about a foot long and mostly dried out. I put half of it in the ground and it received water 3x a week. It has grown pretty well here in Albuquerque NM

Regional...

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

Bullhead City, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sweetwater, Tennessee



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