chamise Rosaceae Adenostoma fasciculatum
Leaf:Alternate (but in tight bunches), simple (although fast-growing plants may have pinnately compound leaves), evergreen, linear, sharp pointed, 1/4-1/2 inch long, shiny green, resinous and sticky, growing in alternate clusters (or fascicles, hence "fasciculatum") along the twig.
Flower:Showy, individual flowers small, white, five-petalled, appearing in loosely branched pyramidal clusters up to 4 inches long at the ends of twigs in late spring to early summer.
Fruit:Small, brown and dry achenes.
Twig:Slender, initially green, becoming red-brown to gray-brown.
Bark:Reddish brown becoming shreddy with age.
Form:A multi-stemmed shrub that reaches up to 12 feet.