Mexican Ocotillo Tree, Candlewood Tree
Fouquieria macdougalii

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

Category
Trees
Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Foliage
Deciduous

Foliage Color

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)

Where to Grow

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

Bloom Color
Red

Bloom Characteristics

Bloom Size

Bloom Time
Mid Spring
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Other details

Soil pH requirements

Patent Information
Non-patented

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