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Greasewood
Sarcobatus vermiculatus
  
About Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) is a native shrub that grows in northern, southern and central California. It is fast growing and long-lived. It grows in an irregular form to a height of 10 feet, with active growth during the summer. Flowers are green and bloom in the spring. Leaves are light-green and deciduous. It tends to grow in alkaline soils, dry lakes and washes, at elevations from 300-6900 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
6 - 10 ft tall

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Alkaline soils, dry lakes, washes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.6" - 37.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 2.74", Coldest Month: 28.7" - 54.7", Hottest Month: 51.4" - 81.9", Humidity: 0.52" - 35.81", Elevation: 383" - 8192"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Black Greasewood


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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