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Shrub- Compact chamise

Adenostoma fasciculatum 'Black Diamond' in the garden
Common Name: Compact chamise

Botanical Name: Adenostoma fasciculatum 'Black Diamond'

Family: Rosaceae

Description: Small shrub with upright growth; native to California and Baja California chaparral

Sun: Full sun or part shade

Water: Drought tolerant

Soil: Adaptable except alkaline

Habit and form: Slow-growing evergreen shrub 2-3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide   Needle-like, dark green leaves produced in tight bunches along a rigid stem

Adenostoma closeup





Flower type: Clusters of small flowers 1-3 inches long at ends of branches

Flower color & bloom season: Small, white flowers are short lived but progress from rust to chocolate colors.  Blooms profusely in late spring and early summer

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers: Useful on slopes and gardens for pollinators; suitable for bonsai, rock gardens or containers

Pruning time & method: Requires regular light pruning to keep it small and compact


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