Simmondsia Species, Jojoba

Simmondsia chinensis

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

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Shrubs

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Congress, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Bostonia, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Savannah, Georgia

Saint George, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 14, 2021, 225210 from Savannah, GA wrote:

Have two jojobas growing from seeds I brought from San Felipe, Baja. Multiple stems, 8, lotsa new growth. Scored em. Soaked em planted em. Sprouted em. Trimmed em. This in Savannah, Georgia. Afternoon sun

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

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