Baccharis salicifolia

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Baccharis salicifolia
Baccharis salicifolia

Botanical Name: Baccharis salicifolia
Common Name: Mulefat

Great choice for erosion control. Often found near streams. Attracts birds and is a forage source for the Dusky Metalmark. High wildlife value.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-10' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Upright, tall spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full or part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central Valley, Tehachapi, Central West, Southwest, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Canyon bottoms, moist streamsides, irrigation ditches, often forming thickets below 4200'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Erect loosely branched shrub growing 6 to 12 feet high, with willow-like leaves. Of very rapid growth and useful where a quick screen planting is wanted. Especially valuable for planting to check soil erosion. Gallon cans, 40c."
Other Names
  • Baccharis glutinosa
  • Baccharis viminea
  • Molina salicifolia
  • 'Guatamote' is a common name used in Theodore Payne catalogs.
  • 'Seep Willow'