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Botanical Name: Baccharis salicifolia
Common Name: Mulefat
- Great choice for erosion control. Often found near streams. Attracts birds and is a forage source for the Dusky Metalmark. High wildlife value.
- Plant Family: Asteraceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 4-10' H x 8' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, tall spreading
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full or part sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Summer
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central Valley, Tehachapi, Central West, Southwest, Deserts
- Natural Habitat: Canyon bottoms, moist streamsides, irrigation ditches, often forming thickets below 4200'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Erect loosely branched shrub growing 6 to 12 feet high, with willow-like leaves. Of very rapid growth and useful where a quick screen planting is wanted. Especially valuable for planting to check soil erosion. Gallon cans, 40c."
- Other Names
- Baccharis glutinosa
- Baccharis viminea
- Molina salicifolia
- 'Guatamote' is a common name used in Theodore Payne catalogs.
- 'Seep Willow'