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Q.identify old plant possible coyote bush 30+years old

Zone 95426 | Roberta Adams added on June 7, 2018 | Answered

Trying to identify a very old scrub/bush. I accidentally cut this one as the new growth was way over my head and I didn’t see the green. Pictures are of new leaf growth and old gnarly wood base.

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Answered on June 8, 2018

Thank you for sending us your gardening question.

Coyote brush has serrated leaf margins, your mystery plant has more elongated leaves with smooth leaf margins, a little different than what I usually see with the common California native, but the flower buds appear similar. I'm not sure, but it could be another species of Baccharis:

Baccharis salicifolia ssp. salicifolia; Mule Fat


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