Fouquieria columnaris, Idria columnaris, Boojum Tree

Fouquieria columnaris, Idria columnaris

Boojum Tree
Family: Fouquieriaceae
Origin: Baja California Peninsula
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterYellow, orange flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

Fouquieria columnaris, or Boojum Tree, is a small tree that is native to the Baja California Peninsula. It does best in a full sun location and moderate water. For colder regions, or regions with dry conditions, it is best to grow this plant in a pot. It is a deciduous species, so it sheds its leaves during the winter season, and grows new leaves during the summer rainy season.

The Boojum Tree can reach a height of 10-20 feet, with a spiny trunk that can reach up to 12 inches in diameter. Its branches are covered with many thorns, making it a great choice for security purposes. The leaves are small, with a silvery-green color, and a feather-like texture. In the spring and summer, clusters of yellow and orange flowers appear, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

This plant is well suited to USDA Zones 9-11. It will require more water in the summer, but can tolerate dry conditions in the winter. Pruning should be done in the late winter to remove the dead branches and flowers. This will help it maintain its shape and encourage new growth.

Overall, the Boojum Tree is a unique and attractive plant that is quite easy to grow in the right conditions. It requires minimal maintenance, and its thorns make it an ideal choice for security purposes. Whether you are growing this plant outdoors or in a pot, it can provide your garden with plenty of beauty, color and charm.

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Fouquieria columnaris, Idria columnaris, Boojum Tree
Fouquieria columnaris, Idria columnaris, Boojum Tree

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