Larrea tridentata

Larrea tridentata

Creosote bush

Previous scientific name(s): Larrea mexicana

Small evergreen tree, 3 to 10 ft. tall, occurring on many soil types but not on saline soils. The most common and widely distributed shrub in North American deserts, often forming pure stands. Found on plains, slopes and foothills from near sea level to 4,500 ft. elevation. Not grazed by wildlife or livestock.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 10 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
9.70 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
80,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Yellow
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer
Fall