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Heat, saline and drought tolerant shrub yielding highly-valued cosmetic fine oil. Traditionally used by the Native American O’odham for is waxy oil seed extracts as a salve. Pronounced ho-HO-bah.

Typically growing to 1.5m tall to 2m wide. Great fire retardant wind break /screening shrub in most soils. Slow growing and long lived. Doesn’t like water-logging.

Both male and female plants needed to produce fruit and seed in which to obtain oil. We recommend purchase of 3 or more plants to increase likelihood of obtaining male and female plants.

Form:Small to Medium Shrub
Size:1½m tall x 2m wide
Soil:Most free draining soils incl. poor sands
Fertiliser:Not Required
Water:Once to twice a week after established in dry periods
Sun:Full Sun & Part Shade
Flowers:Yellow-Green, Autumn-Winter

Simmondsia chinensis

Waterwise shrub useful as screening shrub and source of fine cosmetic oil from seeds.


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