Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium)

Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium) (192744 bytes) Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium), or Desert Sweet, is a densely branched, aromatic shrub. It grows to 7' x 7' and has a rounded form. Prefering full sun, fernbush will grow well in gravel, sandy loam, loam and clay loam soils. Native to the western U.S., it is hardy to zone 4. Very drought tolerant once established.

 

fernbush foliage (5828 bytes) fernbush foliage in fall (5064 bytes)    Foliage is fragrant, fernlike, scaly and sticky.  Evergreen in warm climates, deciduous in cold climates, Fernbush has attractive fall color. 
 fernbush flowers attract bees (11123 bytes) Flowers are white and roselike, in showy clusters that attract butterflies and bees, from June to August.
fernbush seeds (7938 bytes) Seeds are colorful, and provide winter interest.
fernbush bark (5962 bytes) Bark is shreddy and red.

 

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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