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Greasewood (Adenostoma fasciculatum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Adenostoma fasciculatum

The wood has been used in basketry[257].

A gum from the plant has been used as a glue[257].

Plants have an extensive spreading root system that helps to bind the soil together. They are planted on slopes and other fragile soils for the prevention of soil erosion[181].

Large roots burn well and have been used for firewood[257].

Branches have been tied together then burnt for use as a torch[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the leaves and branches has been applied externally in the treatment of rheumatism and as a wash for infected, sore or swollen parts of the body[257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow the plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse or cold frame, planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings could be tried in August of half-ripe wood, preferably with a heel, in a frame. Layering.
Requires a sheltered sunny position in a well-drained soil[182, 200] and protection from cold winds[200]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain and do not withstand exposure to prolonged winter frosts though they succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[182, 200]. In colder areas they are best grown against a south or south-west facing wall[200]. The leaves are resinous and catch fire easily[181]. They have a pleasant aroma[200].
South-western N. America – California to Mexico.

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