Latin Name : Ziziphus obtusifolia
(synonym: Condalia obtusifolia)
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Wildlife – good
Livestock – poor
Other common names, "Condalia", "Blue-thorn", "Chapparal bush", and "Texas buckthorn". Lotebush is a spiny, multi-branched deciduous shrub with grayish green branchlets, 3 to 9 feet tall. The upper side of the leaves are shiny green. The small greenish flowers bloom in June, fruit ripens late June to July. The small black fruit is not tasty but is eaten by small mammals and several varieties of birds. The leaves are occasionally browsed by deer, cattle, sheep and goats but the spines may cause mouth injuries. Some birds such as the "Cactus wren", will nest in this plant. Lotebush does provide good cover for ground nesting birds and small mammals. Adapted to heavy clay soils and limestone soils of central, northern, southern and west Texas.