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Chisos Rosewood, Narrowleaf Vauquelinia, Vauquel Bush, Guauyul, Palo Prieto
Vauquelinia angustifolia


Chisos Rosewood is a small evergreen tree that grows only to 10 to 20 ft. high. It is native only to the Trans-Pecos of West Texas, found in dense thickets in dry canyons at elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet. Although not well-known, Chisos Rosewood has good landscape potential for much of the state. It has spectacular evergreen foliage - long, narrow, sharply toothed, dark green leaves - and dense clusters of fragrant, white flowers that cover the tree in the spring. Brownish tan fruit capsules ripen in August. It has performed well in calcareous, alkaline soils as far north as McKinney, and is very drought tolerant, although it is susceptible to rose leaf-spot in areas with high relative humidity.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring summer

Fruit Characteristics: tannish capsules

Height: to 20 ft.

Width: to 30 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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