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Common Name:
Southern Arizona
  • Yellow
Plant Type:
  • Shrub

Chuckwalla baste in the sun on limbs of this plant. Learn more about Creosote.

Larrea tridentata

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

USDA Hardiness Zones

7a (0 °F to 5 °F)

7b (5 °F to 10 °F)

8a (10 °F to 15 °F)

8b (15 °F to 20 °F)

9a (20 °F to 25 °F)

9b (25 °F to 30 °F)

10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

10b (35 °F to 40 °F)

Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)

A bush by any other name would still smell

Creosote bush is one of the most common plant species found in North America deserts. Its leaves have a shiny coating that reflects sunlight. This helps keep the plant from losing water from evaporation. The Creosote bush gets its name from the strong smell it gives off after a rain. In Spanish, the Cresosote bush is called hediondilla; which means “little stinker.”

Fun Facts:
  • Most creosotes are genetically diverse plants but sometimes a single individual, over many years, can become a clonal colony. (A group of genetically identical plants that have vegetatively reproduced in a specific location from one plant.)
  • King Clone is believed to be the oldest creosote at 11,700 years and deemed one of the world's oldest living organisms.
  • Native American used this plant medicinally for many ailments.
  • Chuckwalla baste in the sun on limbs of the creosote plant.