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Greythorn, Lotebush

Ziziphus obtusifolia

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, (others?)
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
6-8' × 6-8'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season May-September
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Thin, with rounded tips
Fruit Red to dark purple berries
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Elevation Range 1000-5000 ft.
Description Greythorn is not what someone might typically think of as a "landscaping plant." Alternating, branchlets with unforgivingly sharp points jut out from a bluish/green stem, which occasionally produces flushes of small, narrow leaves. However this species is excellent at attracting wildlife, especially birds, who perch on the spiny branches and nab the purplish berries. Works well in a drought tolerant informal hedge with wolfberry (Lycium spp.), hackberry (Celtis pallida), and algerita (Berberis spp.).