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Ericameria arborescens
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Golden Fleece
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Ericameria arborescens

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About Golden Fleece (Ericameria arborescens) Ericameria arborescens is a species of flowering shrub in the daisy family known by the common name goldenfleece. This plant is native to California and Oregon where it is a resident of chaparral communities and open woodlands. This is a resinous, hairy shrub exceeding two meters in maximum height. It has many erect branches covered in very thin, needlelike to lance-shaped leaves between 3 and 6 centimeters long. Atop each stem is an flower cluster of many bright golden flowers, each a rounded bunch of disc florets about half a centimeter wide. This plant is adapted to ecosystems prone to wildfire.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
6.6 - 10 ft (2 - 3 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open areas

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
11' - 8669'

Annual Precip. ?
7.4" - 166.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 3.27"

Coldest Month ?
35.6° F - 52.9° F

Hottest Month ?
54.3° F - 77.5° F

Humidity ?
0.29 vpd - 25.48 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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