Arizona rosewood Rosaceae Vauquelinia californica (Torr.) Sarg. Listen to the Latin symbol: VACA5 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, lanceolate, 2 to 4 inches long; widely spaced, sharp fine teeth along margin, rounded to broadly pointed tip, leathery, shiny dark green above, paler below, petiole pinkish.
Flower: Small, 1/3 inch across, 5 white petals, appearing in flat, terminal clusters in late spring and summer.
Fruit: Clusters of small (1/4 inch across), woody, reddish brown capsules, persistent.
Twig: Slender, reddish brown with fine gray velvety fuzz covering new growth.
Bark: Smooth reddish gray with horizontal lenticels, later becoming scaly and darker.
Form: A large shrub or small tree with a narrow crown reaching up to 20 feet tall.

Looks like: oleander
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Additional Range Information:
Vauquelinia californica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Arizona rosewood.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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