Adenostoma sparsifolium

Red Shank

Plant family: Rosaceae - Rose


Plant type: Shrub, Tree

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color White
Blooming Season Fall, Summer
Height 5-15 feet, 15-25 feet
Spread 5-10 feet
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Wildlife Friendliness Rating
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Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub

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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable, Alkaline, Rocky

Special Characteristic

Hedges and Screens, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil

Plant Highlights

Also known by the common names Red Shank or Ribbonwood, Adenostoma sparsifolium is a native shrub or small tree that is usually found on dry, well drained slopes in the chaparral and coastal sage scrub of northern California down to the border of Mexico. This native plant’s richly red peeling bark makes an attractive contrasting texture in the landscape, while its feathery evergreen canopy makes a casual screen or hedge. Tolerating both clay and sandy soils, Red Shanks is easy to grow in most residential settings, adapting to traditional wetter garden conditions quite well. Red Shanks prefers full sun exposure and grows 6 to 18 feet tall with a rounded form dense with foliage from multiple branches. It has small white flowers that bloom July through September, and green foliage even in winter. Drought and heat tolerant, yet able to withstand average watering as well, Red Shanks’ contrasting elements make this plant an unusual and striking addition to the landscape.

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