lotebush Rhamnaceae Ziziphus obtusifolia (Hook. ex Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray Listen to the Latin   symbol: ZIOB
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Leaf: Alternate, drought deciduous, 3/4 inch long, ovate, elliptical or oblong, entire or a few teeth.
Flower: Very small, inconspicuous, pale green, appear in small clusters in the leaf axils in early spring.

Fruit: Round to elliptical, 1/4 inch juicy drupe, dark blue to black, maturing in early summer.

Twig: Slender, stiff, light gray to gray-green, finely hairy, numerous stout thorns 1 to 3 inches long at nearly right angles to stem, small gray buds.

Bark: Light gray-brown and smooth, numerous stout thorns.

Form: A very spiny, tangled shrub up to 8 feet in height and width.
 
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Ziziphus obtusifolia can be found (opens a new window). USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
Ziziphus obtusifolia is native to North America.

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