Chamise (Fasciculatum)

The Chamise (Fasciculatum) is generally described as a perennial shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the fall and winter and spring . The greatest bloom is usually observed in the mid spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. Leaves are retained year to year. At maturity, the typical Chamise (Fasciculatum) will reach up to 10 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 6 feet.

The Chamise (Fasciculatum) is usually not commercially available except under contract. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have high vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 32°F. has high tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
General Type Shrub
Growth Period Fall, Winter, Spring
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Contracting Only
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Mid Spring
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Thicket Forming
Drought Tolerance High
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 10
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness No
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Fall
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements Medium
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 32
Soil Depth for Roots 8
Toxic to Nearby Plants Yes
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Rapid
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing Yes
Growth Requirements
pH Range 4–6 pH
Precipitation Range 6–6 inches/yr
Planting Density 1500–1200 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 8
Minimum Frost-Free Days 120 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Medium
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Medium
Fire Resistant Yes

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA