Ericameria laricifolia - Turpentine Bush Ericameria laricifolia - Turpentine Bush Overview of Ericameria laricifolia
Turpentine Bush Flower Detail Close Up Turpentine Bush, Ericameria laricifolia. Also known as: Haplopappus laricifolius, Larchleaf Goldenweed, Aguirre. Turpentine Bush Leaf, Ericameria laricifolia
Common Name Turpentinebush, Turpentinebrush, Larchleaf Goldenweed, Aguirre
Latin Name Ericameria laricifolia
Family Asteraceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 1-13 / 8-12
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Between 3,000 and 7,000 feet in the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and eastern Mojave Deserts
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once per month or none depending on soil
Exposue Full to part sun
Height X Width Maximum 12 feet X 15 feet, usually 6 feet X 8 feet
Protective Mechanism Prickles on leaves
Leaves Alternate, simple, evergreen, very narrow (needle like), 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, gray-green with sticky resin on both surfaces, turpentine odor when crushed.
Flowers Monoecious; bright yellow conical flowers, 1/4 inch across borne in rounded, terminal clusters, appear in late summer and fall in great abundance making an attractive display. Tufted, fluffy achenes (dandelion-like) with angled or ribbed sides, light brown, dried flower parts are persistent after seeds have dispersed.
Bark / Roots Reddish brown to gray-brown, developing dark gray ridges and lighter colored furrows. Young twigs are slender, round, light green in color; later turning a light brown.
Maintennace Low
Propagation Seed, cutting in fall
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, low maintenance
Garden Suitability Songbird, Fragrant, Sonoran, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Seeds eaten by many birds and mammals, flowers used by butterflies and bees
Native American Uses Slightly acidy berries eaten raw, used to flavor soups
Links  
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/yellows/yellow37.html
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Eracameria_laricifolia.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ericameria_laricifolia
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Asteraceae/Ericameria_laricifolia.html
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/98611/
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM01189&sp=Ericameria%20laricifolia
    Images and data http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages/gilaflora/ericameria_laricifolia.html
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/TurpentineBush/TurpentineBush.htm
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ERLA12
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=3084
    Images and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Ericameria%20laricifolia%20Aguirre%20tm.pdf
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Eracameria_laricifolia.html
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=880
    Images and data http://wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/shrubs_tubu.htm
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Ericameria+laricifolia
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch?keywordquery=ERLA12&mode=symbol
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Ericameria+laricifolia
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