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Adenostoma sparsifolium (Redshank) #21158 Adenostoma sparsifolium
Common Name Redshank, Ribbonwood
Latin Name Adenostoma sparsifolium
Family Rosaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 14-16,18-21 / 8-11
Type / Form Shrub / Large
Native Habitat Dry slopes of mountains of California. from 1,000 to 6,000 feet
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once to twice per month depending on soil in hot weather
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Slowly to 5 feet X 6 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen (cedar-like), thin, linear, sharp pointed, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, shiny green, sticky.
Flowers Small, white (may be light pink), appearing in clusters at the ends of twigs in summer. Fruit Small, brown and dry occurring in loose clusters.
Bark / Roots A very unique, reddish brown bark peeling into thin papery strips and sheets. Twigs slender and stay green for some time.
Maintenance Low
Propagation Hard seed coats require scarification. Soak in H2SO4 for 15 minutes or sow seeds in soil in flats and burn pine needles on the soil surface.
Pests / Diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, background
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Moonlight, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Seeds and fruit eaten by birds
Native American Uses Seeds eaten, medicinal, wood used to make arrowheads, fibrous bark stripped to make cloth
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