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Atriplex  confertifolia

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Atriplex confertifolia

Shadscale Saltbush, Shadscale

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Hearty shrub thrives in semi-desert areas.

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  • Wonder-Plant!
  • Loves Alkaline Soil
  • Rapid Growth
  • Fall Foliage Display

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Flourishes in poor, alkaline soils in dry, sunny areas - a recipe that would spell death to most plants. Saltbush takes those lemony conditions and makes lemonade. It has rounded silver blue-green leaves clumped up and down upright branchesgrowing from a low base. Plays chameleon in the fall, turning the whole bush rosy yellow. Winter finds it a twiggy structure, awaiting spring's new leaves. Adds self-protection with 1/2 inch spines.

Common Names Shadscale Saltbush, Shadscale
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Pinyon-juniper and cool and salt desert from OR to MT, down through all southwestern states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Part Shade
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Shrub in alkaline conditions, as a winter accent with golden peachy tones.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 36 in.
Group Spacing 3-4 ft.
Blossom Color Inconspicuous
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips None, and do not overwater.
Plants Symbol ATCO
Family Name chenopodiaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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