Unusually tolerant of direct seashore conditions and highly alkaline desert soils, saltbushes are grown for their gray or silvery foliage. Flowers and seeds attract birds. Need good drainage. Often become straggly with age; to keep them compact, cut back previous year’s growth by one-third each year before the first flush of spring growth. Plants are fire resistant.
Native to high plains and mesas from eastern Oregon and California to North Dakota, and south to northern Arizona,western Texas, and Mexico. A mounded, woody, spiny subshrub,1–3 ft. tall and wide,with rounded, whitish leaves and pinkish or yellowish flower spikes in early summer.Atriplex lentiformis
Native to alkaliwastes in California valleys anddeserts and east to Nevada,Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Densely branched, sometimesspiny shrub, to 3–10 ft. highand 6–12 ft. wide. Oval, bluishgray leaves 1/2–2 in. long. Useful as salt-tolerant informal hedge or windbreak.Atriplex lentiformis breweri
Native to California coastsouth of San Francisco bayand to Channel Islands. Resembles A. lentiformis but is notspiny. Grows 5–7 ft. high and6–8 ft. wide. Useful gray planton ocean front; will grow inreclaimed marine soil. Sometimes sheared into a hedge.
Some species are weedy, but those listed here (from southern Europe and Turkey) are fine garden plants...
Native to eastern North America. High-branched tree to about 100 ft. tall, 70 ft. wide, with round cro...
Grows 20 to 55 ft. high and 20 to 45 ft. wide. Roundish, gray-green juvenile leaves are 1 to 2 in. lon...