California brittlebrush Asteraceae Encelia
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen (drought deciduous), broadly ovate to diamond shaped, 2 to 3 inches long, entire margins or with a few shallow scatered teeth, green above and below.
Flower: Very attractive, bright yellow daisy-like flowers, each 1 to 2 inches across, appearing at the ends of twigs in the spring or after rains.
Fruit: A composite of small achenes.
Twig: Barely woody, light reddish gray, hairless.
Bark: Gray and shallowly furrowed.
Form: Small mounding shrub up to 3 feet tall and equally as wide.
Looks like: brittlebush
Additional Range Information: Encelia californica is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting California brittlebrush.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)