Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)



Simmondsia chinensis

Jojoba is a California native and an attractive evergreen shrub with dense gray-green foliage on upright branches that also makes them a good choice for hedges or foundation planting. Also known by its botanical name, Simmondsia chinensis, the olive-shaped fruits of these plants are prized for their beneficial high oil content, which unlike many other oils, will not degrade by bacterial activity and are often used to treat inflamed and irritated skin conditions. They are also beneficial for use as a landscape plant, particularly in the arid parts of SoCal, where their minimal water use and year-round green color makes them an excellent choice for any water-wise landscape design!

The Jojoba plant is extremely heat and drought tolerant once established and will have low to moderate watering needs. These are tough and hardy shrubs with a moderate to fast growth rate. They love to grow in full sun and are tolerant of most soil types, so they are great for growing in our local region. We also love to plant this low-maintenance shrub in a cactus or succulent garden where they can grow great with hot, reflected heat!

Palm Paradise has been growing the best quality Jojoba plants for over 20 years, from our own premium quality private stock. Come visit Palm Paradise, where we have Jojoba available in a variety of sizes, and we can assure their quality is the best you’ll find anywhere!

  • Also known as Goatnut, Coffeeberry, Quinine Plant
  • The fruit nut of Jojoba has high oil content giving the plant high commercial value – Jojoba oil is often used in cosmetics, lubricants, car wax, and in cooking
  • Small wildlife are attracted to the fruit nuts
  • Can produce yellow flowers that bloom in late Spring
  • If allowed to grow into a big size, they are excellent used as a screening plant


Large Arizona desert native shrub

Dense olive green foliage on upright branches

Low water-use

Native desert shrub used in natural desert landscapes and re-vegetation areas