Palmer's goldenbush Asteraceae Ericameria
palmeri (A. Gray) H.M. Hall symbol: ERPA15
Leaf: Simple, alternate, evergreen, narrow, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, edges may be have a few small teeth, gray-green to green.
Flower: Species is monoecious; bright yellow flowers, 1/4 inch across appearing in leaf axils along the stem.
Fruit: Tufted, fluffy achenes (dandelion like) with angled or ribbed sides, light brown, dried flower parts are persistent after seeds have dispersed.
Twig: Young twigs are slender, round, light green in color; later turning a light brown.
Bark: Reddish brown to gray-brown, developing darker scaly ridges.
Form: Short, dense shrub reaching up to 3 feet in height and often much wider, typically with many dead older twigs.
Looks like: turpentine bush - narrowleaf goldenbush - gray rabbitbrush - yellow rabbitbrush
Additional Range Information: Ericameria palmeri is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Palmer's goldenbush.
External Links: 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