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Ericameria pinifolia
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Ericameria pinifolia

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About Pinebush (Ericameria pinifolia) Ericameria pinifolia is a species of flowering shrub in the daisy family known by the common name pinebush. This plant is endemic to southern California where it is found in scrub and chaparral from the inland foothills to the deserts. This is a green, hairless shrub reaching maximum heights of one half to two meters. It is covered in clustered needlelike leaves each one to four centimeters long which at first glance look like very young pine needles. The leaves are more fleshy than true needles and the plant is not related to the pines. Atop each of the many erect branches is an flower cluster of small whitish flower heads. The plant blooms twice per year, producing single-head flower clusters in the spring and flower clusters with many smaller heads in the fall. The fruit is an achene with a bright white, red, or tan pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
4 - 8 ft (1.2 - 2.4 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
-24' - 7419'

Annual Precip. ?
3.5" - 64.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 2.95"

Coldest Month ?
32.1° F - 59.4° F

Hottest Month ?
58.1° F - 88.2° F

Humidity ?
0.97 vpd - 39.26 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Sunset Zones ?
7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Hedges, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

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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