Botanical Name: Fouquieria columnaris
Common Name: Boojum  
Plant photo of: Fouquieria columnaris
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Water Saving Tip:

Water-wise plants can be beautiful as well as practical.

Ask at your local nursery for the types of plants that have minimal watering needs.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Blue Green, Yellow Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Foundation, Patio


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife

Butterflies, Wildlife

Information by: GardenSoft
Photographer: Christina Bickelmann
  • Description

  • Notes

This unusual looking tree can reach a mature size of 75' tall and 1' wide. It has short, side branches. The tree must be at least 6' tall before it will bloom, which could take 60 years! White, sweet scented flowers bloom in late summer to early fall. Bees, ants and butterflies are attracted to the flowers, which are close to the top of the tree. Irrigate every 3-4 weeks after the tree is established especially in winter. Leaves are deciduous.
Frost tolerant to 25 F.