Keeping creosote bush alive in the Bay Area

alaskagrownMay 10, 2012

So, I lived in Tucson for a couple of years and I LOVE the smell and color of the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) that grows all over the southwest. I always snip bunches of it when I go there.

Recently, a friend who knows how much I love this plant BROUGHT ME ONE from Arizona to my house in Oakland, and I'm worried about it.

Any ideas? I know this thing would thrive in the CA desert but I don't know if I can keep it dry or warm enough here.


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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Probably best planted in full sun and a top of a raised mound amended for fast drainage. It isn't likely to be happy with our winter rains and typical clay soils. You might find it equally enjoyable to discover some easier to grow California coastal sage scrub plants that might replace the Arizona scents, check out Cleveland Sage, Salvias clevelandii.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 1:17AM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

I hiked a 75 mile trek through the Buenos Aires National Park just south of Tucson and I just loved the native plants there! Creosote was definitely one of my favorite! Good Luck

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 11:17PM
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I can't even grow creosote here in inland Los Angeles, despite our desert-like conditions... this plant is notoriously difficult outside true deserts without true desert soils, either.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 12:35PM
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Thanks to everyone who responded! Maybe I could keep it in a pot, inside or out? It's still in the pot; I know they have large root balls that go deep, so maybe repot it in a really BIG pot?

(I am clearly a competent gardener, wink)

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 6:27PM
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