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Atriplex canescens (Four Wing Saltbush)

Atriplex canescens
Chamiso, Four-Wing Saltbush, Wing-Scale, Chamise, Chamize, White Greasewood, Saltsage, Fourwing Shadscale, Bushy Atriplex

This prolific plant is native to most of the arid west at elevations from sea level to 8000 feet. This fast-growing and long-lived shrub has a naturally dense, rounded form. It is evergreen, with narrow gray-green leaves. Male and female flowers, both inconspicuous, are produced on different plants. Female plants produce unique papery-thin, 4-winged fruit that are a favorite source of food for birds and small mammals. This plant thrives in full sun in both high and low deserts. In addition to providing food and shelter for wildlife, Four wing saltbush is useful for erosion control and is extremely tolerant of saline soils.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color Green
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Fast
Height 3' - 6' (ft)
Spread 4' - 8' (ft)
Spacing 72" - 96" (in)
Characteristics Semi-Evergreen, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Tolerance Drought, Rocky Soil, Salt
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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