|Bitter condalia, Condalia globosa.|
Photo Taken At Glendale Arizona Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
September 13, 2006.
Bitter condalia Tree.
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A large shrub or small tree to 20 feet, often with several wide-spreading trunks, becoming gnarled as it ages. The trunks are dark gray or almost black.
This tree can be seen in the wild at Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, near Tonopah, Arizona.
Height: 10 to 20 feet tall. Spreads up to 15 feet wide.
Flowers: Inconspicuous, usually paired, in leaf angles, yellow-white, lacking petals but with 5 sepals. They smell very nice.
Blooming Time: Late March - April. Occasionally blooms through August - October. In the Phoenix area it blooms about Mid - December.
Fruit: A round drupe, fleshy, to 1/4 inch in diameter, ripening to blue -black.
Seed Pod: A light brown or tan tightly coiled legume, 1 to 2 inches long, ripening in the middle to late summer.
Leaves: Alternate, simple but whorled at the shoot tips, green, 1/2 inch, obovate, margins entire, with a round tip.
Found: The USDA claims it is native to the USA (AZ, CA). It is also native to northwestern Mexico (Baja California, Sonora). In Arizona it is native to Yuma, Maricopa, & Pima Counties.
Elevation: 800 to 2,800 feet.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Desert washes. Sandy Loam to Clay Loam.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Photo Taken At Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, Glendale, Arizona. September 13, 2006.
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