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Simmondsia chinensis     
Simmondaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


young Jojoba plant
young Simmondsia chinensis specimen
Form: large, irregular shrub
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 6-8ft with equal spread; slow growing, especially when young
Leaves: simple, oblong, coarse, leathery, blue-green, to 2.5in long; distinctive stiff, upward orientation to leaves, in pairs
Flowers: dioecious; small clusters of yellow flowers
Fruit: only on female plants when males are also present; berries, 1in diameter, brown, nut-like
Stems/Trunks: not significant
leaf close-up
paired, upward-pointing leaves
on Simmondsia chinensis
Range/Origin: southern California, Arizona, and Mexico
Hardiness: damaged at 20°F; killed to ground at low teens


green berries
unripe berries


Jojoba plants
mature male and female specimens
aka Goat Nut
very tough plant

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