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Close-up of Coyote Bush flower (Baccharis pilularis). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Honeybees drink nectar from Coyote Bush flowers (Baccharis pilularis). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Coyote Bush shrub (Baccharis pilularis). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Coyote Bush

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Baccharis pilularis

  • Size at maturity: 1-9' tall, 2'-9' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirements: dry, well-drained soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: evergreen

Evergreen and upright with dark green to grey leaves.  Small white flowers in late summer to early winter.

In the garden, coyote bush can be used as a full sun hedge, or in areas that are prone to erosion.  It should be pruned back periodically simulating fires/grazing that would occur naturally  in the wild.  Coyote bush is beneficial as habitat for birds, and other small animals; cover for native perennials to establish themselves; nectar for many insects.

 

Photo Credit 1: "Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)" by jkirkhart35 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Baccharis pilularis-Coyote Brush, Honeybees" by campsjc is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 3: "Baccharis pilularis" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0