photo of Purshia tridentata
Common Name Antelope Bitterbrush, Greasewood, Antelope Bush
Latin Name Purshia tridentata
Family Rosaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones    / 3-9
Type / Form Shrub / Large
Native Habitat Western U. S. and Canada from sea level to 10,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water Once per month
Height X Width Maximum 9 feet X 8 feet, usual 5 feet X 5 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Dark green above, white wooly below, evergreen, aromatic
Flowers Monoecious; small, yellow, complete, and tubular with flared petals; borne singly in the leaf axils, fragrant
Bark / Roots Thin and grayish brown to brown. Young twigs are slender, reddish brown, and smooth, becoming reddish gray-brown with age, bitter to the taste.
Maintenance None
Propagation Seeds
Pests and diseases Browsing game and livestock
Landscape uses Erosion control, low maintenance, background
Garden Suitability Thornless, Moonlight, Songbird, Fragrance, Mountain, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Fragrant with yellow flowers
Nature Value Browsed by wildlife
Native American Uses Seed coat used to make purple dye, bark used for diaper and padding, limbs used to make arrows
Links  
    Images and data http://www.cwnp.org/photopgs/pdoc/putridentata.html
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Purshia%20tridentata.pdf
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Purshia_tridentata
    Images and data http://www.mojavenp.org/purshia_tridentata_mojave_national_preserve.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/75339/
    Images and data http://www.worldbotanical.com/purshia.htm
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/SYLLABUS/factsheet.cfm?ID=438
    Images and data http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/White%20Enlarged%20Photo%20Pages/purshia.htm
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purshia_tridentata
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=6951
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PUTR2
    Distribution, images, and data http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PUTR2
    Nursery and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/550.htm
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