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Fendler Ceanothus, Buck-brush
Ceanothus fendleri

Fendler ceanothus is found at high elevations in the Trans-Pecos, to New Mexico and Arizona, and north to S. Dakota. It is a low-growing, thicket-forming shrub that usually gets no more that 3 feet high. The small, alternate, grayish-green leaves are under 1/4 inch wide, and the branches are a smooth blue-gray, with thorns at the tips of some branchlets. White flowers appear in terminal racemes in spring and summer. Its low-growing, spreading habit and its drought tolerance would make it useful as a ground cover in dry sites. It could also be used for erosion control or as an accent in rock or desert gardens. It is an important browse plant for cattle and deer, and the flowers attract bees.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: reddish-brown capsule

Height: to 3 feet

Width: to 3 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

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