Cneoridium dumosum

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Species Name: Cneoridium dumosum
Common Name: Coast Spice Bush

This member of the citrus family has fragrant flowers and red fruit. It tolerates very hot, dry climates but does best with some protection from afternoon sun. Caution: Foliage causes skin irritation in some people.

Plant Family: Rutaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-4' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Sprawling shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Orange and San Diego counties; San Clemente Island; Baja CA
Natural Habitat: Chaparral and coastal sage scrub. Elevation below 2,500'

Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Compact intricately branched shrub 2 to 5 feet high with narrow, opposite leaves and small white flowers shaded with pink, followed by reddish brown berries. The foliage has a strong but rather pleasant odor. Found on the dry hills at Point Loma and around San Diego. the bushes bloom in winter and early spring and are desirable where a small shrub is required. Gallon cans, 60c."
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