Southwestern Deserts

June, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Jojoba
Simmondsia chinensis is actually native to the Sonoran Desert, not China, which makes it well-adapted to thrive in our desert landscapes. Jojoba grows 6 feet tall and wide, with dense attractive silver-grey foliage for screening. It has unimpressive flowers in spring, but drops minimal litter and has no thorns. Jojoba is cold hard to 20 degrees F and takes extreme reflected sun and heat, so performs well next to driveways or block walls.

Clever Gardening Technique

Create a Colorful Living Fence
To create a straight hedge with an unusual twist, intermingle odd numbers of the green and purple-bronze forms of hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa and D. viscosa 'Purpurea').

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