Virginia Tech Dendrology

yellow rabbitbrush Asteraceae Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (Hook.) Nutt. Listen to the Latin symbol: CHVI8
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, long and narrow (up to 2 1/2 inches long, usually 1/8 inch wide), twisted.
Flower: Perfect, small yellow conical flowers borne in rounded clusters. Individual flowers have sticky glandular or pubescent bracts.
Fruit: Single tufted hairy achenes with angled or ribbed sides.
Twig: Young twigs are slender, round, grayish to pale green in color; may be somewhat pubescent. Cut twigs exude a milky latex that contains a high grade rubber called chrysil.
Bark: Fibrous, gray-brown, becoming shreddy.
Form: Erect shrub with multiple slender stems. Often grow in rounded mounds to 3 feet tall.
Looks like: gray rabbitbrush - turpentine bush - narrowleaf goldenbush - Palmer's goldenbush
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Additional Range Information: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting yellow rabbitbrush.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson