From California Natives Wiki
Botanical Name: Atriplex canescens
Common Name: Four-winged Saltbush or Shad-scale
- Highly recommended for erosion control, informal hedge and for wildlife value. Female plants bear seeds that are loved by birds. Unusual yellowish flowers drape down in November. Does well in clay soil.
- Plant Family: Chenopodiaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 4-8' H x 4-8' W
- Growth Habit: Dense branching
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 7500'
- Flower Season: Fall
- Flower Color: Yellow-green
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Eastern High Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi, Inner South Coast Ranges, South Coast, North Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, Great Basin, Deserts
- Natural Habitat: Clay to gravelly flats, slopes, shrubland below 5000'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A thick growing roundish shrub 3 to 5 feet high with slender stems and narrow gray green foliage. The plant is dioecious, the seed bearing plants being covered with odd spike-like panicles of large and attractive fruiting bracts in the fall. Found on the Colorado and Mohave deserts. Gallon cans, 40c."
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