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Boxthorn Fiddlewood, Mexican Fiddlewood, Mission Fiddlewood, Zitherwood
Citharexylum brachyanthum


While Citharexylum berlandieri can be a small tree, C. brachyanthum is much smaller, a slender shrub rarely reaching more than 5 feet high. It grows in dense shrublands in the extreme Southern Rio Grande Plains. The "flowering Citharexylum," produces a profusion of small white solitary flowers from April through June and after rains, and very few berries. Its medium green, opposite leaves are small and linear. With its long, slender, irregular branches, it could be planted as a short hedge, providing cover for birds, who also enjoy the berries. Fiddlewood will thrive in hot, dry climates without wilting, and is cold hardy to San Antonio.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red drupe

Height: to 5 feet

Width: to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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