Cistus Nursery

*RETAIL - Arbutus arizonica 'Chiri'

*RETAIL - Arbutus arizonica 'Chiri'

A small tree, to 15-20 ft in the garden and possibly taller with great age. As with others species, the leaves are glossy dark green with paler undersides, and the flowers are white to pale pink urns that appear in early spring followed by orange fruit lasting into winter. Young bark peels to a somewhat patchy cream color and older bark is mostly gray and plated with large areas of exposed reddish patches. Very picturesque. Though found in dry regions of the southwest and drought tolerant, this tree also enjoys regular garden water, but requires well drained soil. Frost hardy easily to 10F, USDA zone 8. Our selection from back in the day on the Chiricahua summit at 8700 feet.



Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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