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Javalina Bush, Javalina-brush, Little Buckthorn, Abrojo, Tecomblate
Condalia ericoides (Microrhamnus ericoides)


Javalinabush is a spiny, densely branching low shrub that is a common component of Chihuahuan desert scrub, being widespread in the Trans-Pecos and west to the Edwards Plateau. It is easily identified by its tiny, dark green, linear leaves that are rolled inward and clustered on short spurs. The bark is gray, and the branchlets end in slender spines, making it effective as a barrier as well as a habitat for wildlife. It can be confused with the genus Castela, but Castela has larger leaves and brilliant red oval fruit. Ericoides refers to the small, heath-like leaves.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small, oval, reddish-brown to purplish-black drupe

Height: 2 to 4 1/2 feet

Width: 2 to 4 1/2 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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