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jojoba Simmondsiaceae Simmondsia chinensis (Link) C.K. Schneid. Listen to the Latin symbol: SICH
Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen (will shed in severe drought), elliptical, leathery, 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches long, entire margins, oriented vertically, pale gray-green.
Flower: Species is dioecious; females usually solitary in leaf axils, with 5 gray-green leafy sepals; males in dense clusters, appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Dry acorn-like capsule with a pointed end, yellow-brown darkening as it ripens, 1 inch long, ripens in late summer, very oil-rich.
Twig: Slender, pale gray-green to gray-brown, very fuzzy.
Bark: Smooth, gray to light brown.
Form: Upright, multi-stemmed shrub, reaching up to 12 feet, rounded crown when young but then becomes more spreading with twisted limbs.
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Additional Range Information: Simmondsia chinensis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting jojoba.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson