Adenostoma sparsifolium

Adenostoma sparsifolium

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Red Shanks

A california native shrub or tree that can reach the height of twenty feet tall by ten feet wide.  The red bark on the tree resembles falling shanks or ribbons.  The leaves are feather like.  This tree is deep rooted and is great for bank stabilization.  Small fragrant white flowers bloom in the summer through fall.  

Plant with: other shrubs of inland chaparral such as California Copperleaf (Acalypha californica), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Milkweed (Asclepias sp.), Ceanothus sp.Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides or minutiflorus), Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida), Coffeeberry (Frangula sp.), Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum or mexicanum), Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei), Penstemon sp.Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), Redberry (Rhamnus crocea), Sumac (Rhus sp.), Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri), Sage (Salvia sp.), and Mojave Yucca (Yucca shidigera)

- Full sun

- Tolerates decomposed granite, sand and clay

- Attracts bees and butterflies

- Hardy up to 10 degrees

- Native to California