Garambullo (Myrtillocactus geometrizans)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 12-16 feet
Plant Spread: Up to 15 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Apr 4, 2019 9:48 PM

Blue-green candelabra-shaped cactus tree from the Chihuahuan Desert, central and southern Mexico. May be wider than tall. Stems are about 4 inches in diameter and blue-green, often branching heavily, with 5-6 ribs, 1 central spine, 5-9 radial spines. Old plants develop strong, woody trunks and may retain dozens of branches. The flower is greenish white and just over an inch wide. More than one flower may be produced per areole. The fruit (garambullo) is a purple berry about half that size, prized for its great deliciousness.

Widespread in central Mexico (from Tamaulipas to Oaxaca). Winter cold is thought to determine the northern extent of its range. This species is geographically distinct from the similar-looking Myrtillocactus cochal, from Baja California, also with edible fruit.

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