Adenostoma sparsifolium

          Red Shank

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Horticultural Notes

6-8′ x 12-20′          Red Shank is one of the great beauties of the lower central and southern chaparral.  Long 3″ deep green to yellowish green linear leaves clothed woody stems.  Summer brings open clusters of cream-white flowers that are followed by rust colored seeds. The bark peels away with age giving another common name of ‘Ribbon Wood’.  Again a very important plant for the Native peoples, as it’s very hard wood was used for digging sticks.