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Keeping creosote bush alive in the Bay Area

Posted by alaskagrown none (My Page) on
Thu, May 10, 12 at 19:41

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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RE: Keeping creosote bush alive in the Bay Area

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Fri, May 11, 12 at 1:17

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.

RE: Keeping creosote bush alive in the Bay Area

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

RE: Keeping creosote bush alive in the Bay Area

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.

RE: Keeping creosote bush alive in the Bay Area

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)

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