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Plant type



2 - 10 ft Tall
12 ft Wide


Mounding, Spreading

Growth rate

Fast, Moderate






Yellow, Cream, White

Flowering season

Spring, Winter, Summer, Fall

Common uses

Bank stabilization, Groundcover, Hedge

Coyote Bush (also called Coyote Brush) is a common California native shrub. It is versatile and adaptable in a wide range of landscape applications. Its short height and spreading habit make this plant a practical choice for groundcover and bank stabilization. It is also said to be fire-resistant and can tolerate recycled water.

It has small, evergreen leaves and abundant white and yellow flowers that are very attractive to insects. Coyote Bush grows well in most soil types. It is a drought-adapted, low-water plant that requires minimal summer irrigation.


Full Sun, Partial Shade


Very Low, Low

Summer irrigation

Max 1x / week once established

Ease of care


Soil drainage


Soil description

Tolerant of a variety of soils including sand, clay and alkaline.
Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0


The upright form can be pruned to be tree-like if desired. The ground cover forms should be pruned annually if a neat appearance is desired. Some may even be mowed.


Nursery plants are usually male clones to avoid the fluffy plumes which some people may be allergic to. If you have both male and female plants in close proximity, you will get seedlings.  For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones

5*, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Good with oaks, Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), Coffeeberry species, Manzanita species, Ceanothus species, sages, and most other chaparral species


Heteromeles arbutifolia


Butterflies and moths supported

11 confirmed and 18 likely

Confirmed Likely

Common Gray|Cranberry Spanworm

Anavitrinella pampinaria

Orange Tortrix Moth

Argyrotaenia franciscana

Aristotelia argentifera

Bucculatrix separabilis

Site type

Bluffs, hills, foothills and flats as a component of chaparral or coastal sage scrub

Plant communities

Chaparral, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand, Foothill Woodland, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Coastal Scrub,