Baja Elephant Bush (Pachycormus discolor)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 15-20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pale pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious
Goes Dormant

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 24, 2016 5:21 PM

Baja California native, known as the Torote Blanco or Copalquín, which grows to tree size in the ground, given the right conditions. It has a thick trunk with peeling gray/white/yellow bark. In habitat it is often dwarfed by harsh conditions (wind, sun, rock, drought), resulting in mother nature's bonsai: stout stems, often growing sideways, not growing tall. Container life generally results in a much smaller plant with a much slower rate of growth.

Like other plants from the region, it will go summer/drought-deciduous and then sprout new leaves in the fall or whenever the rain returns. Rather opportunistic in cultivation. Grow in full sun on the dry side for best form. Employ judicious pruning to achieve the desired shape and dimensions. This plant makes a less interesting specimen when grown soft or left unpruned.

Flowers are terminal, very small, cream to pink, and copious during summer, when the plant is leafless. This plant is dioecious, so separate male and female individuals are needed to make seed.

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