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Desert Myrtlecroton, Johnston Bernardia
Bernardia obovata


Desert myrtlecroton is widespread in the Trans-Pecos, confined to a smaller range than B. myricifolia, which grows in Central and South Texas, and also smaller in stature, reaching only about 3 feet high. It also differs from B. myricifolia by its less hairy, lighter green oval leaves, and its seed capsule, which usually has 2 cells instead of three. Otherwise desert myrtlecroton shares southwest bernardia's heat and drought tolerance, attractive foliage and value to wildlife. Within its range it is an equally versatile landscape shrub.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: inconspicuous, not ornamental

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: 2-celled capsule

Height: to 3 feet

Width: to 3 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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