Sierra Madre Torchwood

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Sierra Madre Torchwood
Amyris madrensis, Rutaceae, Citrus Family 

Description: Small, slender, leafy, pretty tree 
Height: To 18 ft, usually 6 to 10 ft. 
Flowers: Small, inconspicuous, white to greenish, perfect; Spring to Autumn 
Fruit: Linear, Ovoid drupe, ripening black 
Foliage: Shiny, attractive, compound, leaflets wavy-margined, leathery, rhombic, 5-9 pairs plus terminal leaflet, crushed leaflets have citrus scent 
Spines: Unarmed 
Bark: Mottled, light-to-dark-gray 
Growth Rate: Medium 

Sun: Usually in shade in understory, growing towards light 
Soil: Loamy 
Drainage: Well 
Water: Low, drought tolerant 
Maintenance: None 
Propagation: Seed, softwood cuttings 

Native Habitat: Subcanopy of tall thornscrub, thickets 

Wildlife Use: None reported 

Comments: One of most attractive native foliages in LRGV; freeze-hardy to 20.5  F; the wood ignites easily, hence the generic name of torchwood 



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