Jujube: Ziziphus

Species in this genus:

Lotebush or Greythorn (Ziziphus obtusifolia)

Lotebush (Ziziphus obstusifolia), a rather uncommon shrub, found in the southern part of NM, can be important to wildlife as food: "The fruit of lotebush is eaten by gray foxes, raccoons, ringtails, and various birds including scaled quail, white-winged doves, band-tailed pigeons, mockingbirds, northern orioles, phainopeplas, white-necked ravens, curved-billed thrashers and golden-fronted woodpeckers... The twigs are browsed by white-tailed deer but are probably not preferred...Cattle browse lotebush, but it is apparently of low preference" (Forest Service Fire Effects Information System). This website has a wealth of information about this species.

Overview of lotebush (<em>Ziziphus obstusifolia</em>).

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