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Creosote (Larrea tridentata)

Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) is a drought tolerant, evergreen shrub that grows up to 12 feet tall. The stems are generally flexible, and the waxy small leaves are dark green and very resinous. After rainfall, these leaves emit a characteristic strong odor. Its yellow flowers have five petals and are bisexual, having both male and female parts. The CPP four letter code for this species is LATR.

This species is currently being monitored at Joshua Tree National Park.



Download the USA-NPN datasheet for Larrea tridentata here.

Download the CPP species profile for Larrea tridentata here.


For additional informaiton about  this species, visit these pages:

Larrea tridentata on the USA-NPN website

Larrea tridentata on Calflora

Larrea tridentata on USDA PLANTS

Larrea tridentata USFS profile

CPP Parks and Partners