AZ Arboretums

Leucophyllum frutescens

Fremont cottonwood

Common: Texas ranger, Barometer bush
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: Native to the Southwest and northern Mexico
Sunset Zone: 7-24
Light: Part to full sun
Soil: Well-drained; very tolerant
Water: Occasional deep soaking

Highly useful and attractive in desert gardens; use as clipped hedge, massed as tall ground cover. Good transition plant; blends well with green on one side and desert on the other.

Used to vegetate disturbed areas. Makes a nice contrast with green color plants due to its silver colored foliage.

Compact and medium growing, open to dense rounded form. Grows slowly to approx. 8 ft. In some desert zones, may only reach 4-5 ft. tall and as wide unless trimmed.

ilvery feltlike leaves; foliage denser in warm weather. Lavender purple, bell-shaped flowers at varying times of the year, often after summer and late fall showers; needs hot weather to bloom.

Tolerates heat, wind, frost, and some alkali if drainage is good.