Virginia Tech Dendrology

redshanks Rosaceae Adenostoma sparsifolium Torr. Listen to the Latin symbol: ADSP
Leaf: Evergreen (cedar-like), thin, linear, sharp pointed, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, shiny green, sticky.
Flower: Small, white (may be light pink), appearing in clusters at the ends of twigs in summer.
Fruit: Small, brown and dry occurring in loose clusters.
Twig: Slender and stays green for some time.
Bark: A very unique, reddish brown bark peeling into thin papery strips and sheets.
Form: A large multi-stemmed shrub that reaches up to 20 feet.
Looks like: athel tamarisk - saltcedar - tamarisk - smallflower tamarisk
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information: Adenostoma sparsifolium is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting redshanks.
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