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Adenostoma fasciculatum - Hook.&Arn.

Common Name Greasewood
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Poor depleted soils and dry hot slopes in the Chaparrel in Mexico[181]. Dense thickets among the coastal hills of California[200].
Range South-western N. America - California to Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Adenostoma fasciculatum Greasewood


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Adenostoma fasciculatum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic  Disinfectant

A decoction of the leaves and branches has been applied externally in the treatment of rheumatism and as a wash for infected, sore or swollen parts of the body[257].

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Other Uses

Adhesive  Basketry  Disinfectant  Fuel  Lighting  Soil stabilization

The wood has been used in basketry[257]. A gum from the plant has been used as a glue[257]. Plants have an extensive spreading root system that helps to bind the soil together. They are planted on slopes and other fragile soils for the prevention of soil erosion[181]. Large roots burn well and have been used for firewood[257]. Branches have been tied together then burnt for use as a torch[257].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a sheltered sunny position in a well-drained soil[182, 200] and protection from cold winds[200]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain and do not withstand exposure to prolonged winter frosts though they succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[182, 200]. In colder areas they are best grown against a south or south-west facing wall[200]. The leaves are resinous and catch fire easily[181]. They have a pleasant aroma[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow the plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse or cold frame, planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings could be tried in August of half-ripe wood, preferably with a heel, in a frame. Layering.

Other Names

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NORTHERN AMERICA: United States (Oregon, California), Mexico (Baja)

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Adenostoma sparsifoliumRedshankShrub6.0 7-10  LMHNDM112

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

Hook.&Arn.

Botanical References

200

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