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Baccharis halimifolia

Common Name(s):
Groundsel tree, Salt marsh elder, Sea myrtle
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Brittle wood; usually multi-trunked; drought, heat, and salt spray tolerant; native to coastal areas of eastern US; brittle wood; best used as filler or on edge of natural area

Height:
5-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple leaves; 1-3 in.; coarsely toothed; bright green to gray-green; non-showy fall color
Flower:
Female plant is covered with cottony fruit that persists into early winter
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Semi-evergreen to deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates range of soil types, even poor fertility and wet sites
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Multi-stemmed, irregular, open, airy shrub; can become leggy
Exposure:
Tolerates a wide range of soil types (wet, dry, brackish)
Fruit:
Female plant covered with shiny, white clouds in fall
Width:
5-7 ft.

NCCES plant id: 447

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Photo of Baccharis halimifolia Photo of Baccharis halimifolia
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Baccharis halimifolia fall habit
Cotinis, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Baccharis halimifolia feathery seeds
Bob Peterson, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Baccharis halimifolia habit
Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Baccharis halimifolia leaves
Homer Edward Price, CC BY - 2.0