Adenostoma fasciculatum

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Botanical Name: Adenostoma fasciculatum
Common Name: Chamise

Beautiful red bark and heather-like foliage. This is an attractive, drought-tolerant, low-maintenance shrub. Flammable foliage. Not recommended for fire-prone areas.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-10' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 6000'
Flower Season: April - June
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Sierra Nevada, Central Western CA, Southwestern CA, Southwest Peninsular Range, Coastal CA from Mendocino to Baja
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes or flats in Chaparral below 6000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A beautiful shrub growing to a height of 3 to 10 feet with small needle-like, dark green foliage. In the spring the bushes are covered with large terminal spikes of small white flowers. One of the best shrubs for a hot dry location. Gallon cans, 60c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.