narrowleaf goldenbush Asteraceae Ericameria
linearifolia (DC.) Urbatsch & Wussow symbol: ERLI6
Leaf: Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, very narrow, 1/2 to 2 inches long, gray-green.
Flower: Species is monoecious; bright yellow flowers, daisy like, 3/4 inch across appearing in leaf axils along the stem in spring.
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 5 feet in height and often much wider, typically with many dead older twigs.
Looks like: turpentine bush - gray rabbitbrush - Palmer's goldenbush - yellow rabbitbrush
Additional Range Information: Ericameria linearifolia is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting narrowleaf 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