Atriplex canescens

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Atriplex canescens

Botanical Name: Atriplex canescens
Common Name: Four-winged Saltbush or Shad-scale

Highly recommended for erosion control, informal hedge and for wildlife value. Female plants bear seeds that are loved by birds. Unusual yellowish flowers drape down in November. Does well in clay soil.

Plant Family: Chenopodiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-8' H x 4-8' W
Growth Habit: Dense branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 7500'
Flower Season: Fall
Flower Color: Yellow-green
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Eastern High Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi, Inner South Coast Ranges, South Coast, North Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, Great Basin, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Clay to gravelly flats, slopes, shrubland below 5000'

Songbird iconA.jpg Clay iconA.jpg Slope iconA.jpg

Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A thick growing roundish shrub 3 to 5 feet high with slender stems and narrow gray green foliage. The plant is dioecious, the seed bearing plants being covered with odd spike-like panicles of large and attractive fruiting bracts in the fall. Found on the Colorado and Mohave deserts. Gallon cans, 40c."
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