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Adenostoma sparsifolium (Redshank)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Adenostoma sparsifolium

Adenostoma sparsifolium Torr.

Redshank, Ribbon Bush, Ribbonwood

Rosaceae (Rose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This erect, tree-like shrub grows 6-18 ft. high. The bark is red-brown and freely exfoliating. Twigs are green. Small, white, tubular flowers occur in open, showy clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 18 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: S. CA
Native Habitat: Dry, chaparral slopes & mesas away from the coast and below 6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.


Description: Can be propagated by seed.
Seed Treatment: Hard seed coats require scarification. Soak in H2SO4 for 15 minutes or sow seeds in soil in flats and burn pine needles on the soil surface.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Adenostoma sparsifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Adenostoma sparsifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Adenostoma sparsifolium


Record Modified: 2023-05-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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