turpentine bush Asteraceae Ericameria laricifolia
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, very narrow (needle like), 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, gray-green with sticky resin on both surfaces, turpentine odor when crushed.
Flower:Species is monoecious; bright yellow conical flowers, 1/4 inch across borne in rounded, terminal clusters, appear in late summer and fall in great abundance making an attractive display.
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 dark gray ridges and lighter colored furrows.
Form:Short, dense shrub reaching up to 3 feet in height and often much wider.