The Arizona rosewood is one of the toughest evergreen shrubs around. It will take reflected heat or sun and is incredibly drought-tolerant. It makes a lovely screen or informal hedge without needing much maintenance or supplemental water. The slender, deep green leaves look very similar to Oleander, making this native shrub a non-toxic alternative that offers less litter and better cold hardiness. Creamy white flower clusters attract butterflies in springtime, and age to ornamental tan or reddish-brown seed pods that attract birds through the summer. Prune selectively at an early age to train as a small tree, or let it grow naturally as a large, dense shrub.
Attracts butterflies, bees and birds
Dense white clusters of flowers bloom in early spring
Recommended as a native alternative to oleander
Great for an informal hedge or screen
Tough, drought tolerant and easy to grow
Native to southern Arizona and Mexico, occurring at elevations of 2500 to 5000 feet.
Arizona rosewood is a slow grower at first, but it grows a bit faster once it has been in the ground for about a year.
Prune in winter, prune lowest branches after plant is eight feet high to train into tree, or prune to maintain size and shape.