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Arizona Pencil Cholla

Cylindropuntia arbuscula

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cactus, succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
4 × 4
Flowering Season April-June
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Juicy
In years
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Elevation Range 1000-3500 ft.
Description As the name would suggest, this cholla has very thin stem segments, but can have hundreds of stems on a single individual. Pencil Cholla is generally at least as wide as it is tall, and stem segments are prone to detaching, a potential hazard if planted near a walkway. The dense branching makes for good bird habitat, and from a distance this plant looks almost shrub like. Pencil Cholla will grow best in well draining soils but may be tolerant of clay.