Larrea divaricata tridentata
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Creosote bush (Larrea divaricata tridenta) is a native, drought-tolerant, evergreen shrub with many branches. It has small green sticky leaves, yellow flowers, and grey-fuzzy fruit. It can flower several times a year depending on rainfall. When rain hits the resinous, sticky leaves it produces the classic “smell of rain.”
Creosote bush occurs in open desert grasslands habitat, mesquite woodlands, dry desert wash areas and in communities associated with Joshua trees. It grows on gentle slopes, valley floors, sandy desert bluffs and water carved gullies at elevations up to 5,000 feet.
Creosote bush occurs throughout the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. Its can be found from southern California through to southern Nevada, the southwest corner of Utah, southeast through southern Arizona, New Mexico and to western Texas and north-central Mexico.
It is usually less than 4 feet high, but can grow to 12-foot + heights with abundant water.