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Plant Description

Origin: Introduced
General Description: Deciduous. Fast growing tree or shrub; bark shreddy and gray; young branches reddish, often armed with thorns; autumn-deciduous.
Identification notes: Fast growing tree or shrub; bark shreddy and gray; branches reddish, often thorny; alternate leaves on branchlets; blades lanceolate, upper surface bright green, lower surface silver with dense, minute scales; flowers fragrant, solitary or in clusters.
Height: 10 to 20 feet     Width: 12 to 20 feet


Habitat Description: Found near human disturbance, often around springs, seeps, irrigation ditches, and riparian zones.
Plant Communities: Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5500 - 7000 feet


Color: Yellow   Shape: Regular in elongated clusters    Tubular: Y   Flowering Period: Jun
Description: Flowers solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3 near leaf axils, very fragrant; flower receptacle <1/2 inch long, hairy and silvery; 4 petals.


Leaf Color: Green, grayish-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Top and bottom of leaves
Description: Dark green with silver scales above, covered with dense silvery white scales beneath.


Color: Yellowish-orange   Type: Achene   Description: Olive-like dry fruit.


Bark Color: Gray   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: The bark has shallow furrows; thorns are located on the twigs.
Spines, thorns or prickles: Y

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