The Q&A Archives: Texana

Question: I need a tall, mature California Texana shrub (I have a row of 4 of them, very mature, approximately 7 ft high. Where can I find this shrub?

Answer: There are a number of shrubs with the common name texana so I'm not sure which one you're looking for. Amyris texana, also called Texas Torchwood, Torchwood, Rue, Lantrisco, Chapotillo, and Texas Torchwood Amyris, seems to be the most likely candidate; Amyris texana is a densely branched shrub whose foliage and flowers smell like citrus when bruised. The dark green, shiny leaves are pinnately compound with 3 pairs of leaflets. Texana is generally an understory shrub that can grow in semi-shade or sun. It is hardy to about 20 degrees F. Greenish-white, aromatic flowers appear spring to fall, and the fruit is a small, dark, one-seeded drupe, valued by birds. Texana is very tolerant of heat and drought, and because of this, plus their attractive foliage, long blooming period, fragrant flowers and value to wildlife, it is being planted more and more in landcapes. If this is the plant you're looking for, you may have to scour local nurseries - Monrovia does not grow this plant. Wish I could be more helpful!

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