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Ericameria laricifolia     
Turpentine bush   
Asteraceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


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Eracameria laricifolia
Form: small, dense, rounded shrub; uniform mound shape
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 3ft with equal spread; slow growth
Leaves: bright green, small (1/2 to 1in long), needle-like; turpentine smell when crushed
Flowers: entirely covered with composite yellow flowers; bloom in fall; color is long lived and followed by persistent cottony seed calix (fluffy sheaths)
Fruit: plentiful windborne seed; fluffy material remains on plant after seeds have blown away
Stems/Trunks: more woody with age
Range/Origin: Chihuahuan deserts; elevations to 5000ft
Hardiness: to single digits


Turpentine bush
Eracameria laricifolia



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