Creosote Bush (Arenaria)

The Creosote Bush (Arenaria) is generally described as a perennial shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Creosote Bush (Arenaria) has yellow-green foliage and inconspicuous yellow flowers, with a moderate amount of conspicuous white fruits or seeds. 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 not retained year to year. The Creosote Bush (Arenaria) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a slow growth rate. At maturity, the typical Creosote Bush (Arenaria) will reach up to 10 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 5 feet.

The Creosote Bush (Arenaria) is usually not commercially available except under contract. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a moderate 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 -23°F. has high tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Slow
General Type Shrub
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Long
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Contracting Only
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Mid Spring
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Multiple Stem
Drought Tolerance High
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 10
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Fall
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements Low
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -23
Soil Depth for Roots 8
Toxic to Nearby Plants Yes
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate None
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 7–8.5 pH
Precipitation Range 4–4 inches/yr
Planting Density 10–1746 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 8
Minimum Frost-Free Days 160 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Medium
CaCO3 Tolerance High
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

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