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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Rhus virens    

This medium sized evergreen shrub is native to the rocky slopes of SE Arizona, New Mexico, Texas & Mexico at elevations of 2100-5000'. It has a moderate growth rate to 8' tall by 10' wide.  The dark green compound leaves have thick waxy leaflets with rounded tips.  Grows well in full sun or part shade but requires good drainage. The single white flowers are followed by showy red berries.  In the low desert, partial shade is preferred.  Consider as a good replacement for privet. Cold hardy to 5 F.   USDA Zone 7.


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