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Ericameria laricifolia 'Desert Mountain'
'Desert Mountain' Turpentine Bush
This long-lived, evergreen, compact shrub is native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. This selection was collected in north Scottsdale, Arizona and is widely used in the Phoenix area for revegetation. The aromatic needlelike leaves are covered with a sticky resin that smells like turpentine. Masses of showy yellow daisy-like flowers (without ray flowers) are produced at the branch tips in the fall. The flowers are followed by scruffy-looking tan seed heads, which may be pruned off for a more refined appearance. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil, and do not overwater.