AZ Arboretums

Ericameria laricifolia

Turpentine bush

Common:Turpentine bush
Family: Asteraceae
Habitat: Rocky slopes 3500'-6500', creosote bush
scrub, pinyon-juniper woodland, mountains of east
Mojave Desert
Southwestern USA (west Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) and Northern Mexico, from 3000 to 6000 feet elevation (900-1800 m)
Light: Full sun
Little water once established
  Hardy to 0° F (-18°C)

Evergreen shub, compact mound, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm), 3 feet wide (90 cm.

Light green to grayish green, thick and leathery, linear leaves, up to 0.8 inch long (2 cm), 0.06 inch wide (1.5 mm), covered with resin, with a turpentine smell when crushed.

In the fall, the Turpentine Bush gets covered with a mass of yellow, daisy-like flowers, 0.4 inch in diameter (1 cm), with only up to 11 ray flowers.