The Creosote Bush is one of the characteristic plants of the desert southwest. It is an evergreen shrub that grows up to about 3 to 10 feet tall with olive green leaves and bright yellow, five-petalled flowers. It is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. L. tridentata occurs in alluvial fans, flats and in mountains and can grow in nearly pure stands. The plants are often spaced widely and regularly apart. This is because the roots are so efficient at absorbing water that it is difficult for a seedling to become established near an adult plant. It can be grown as a potted plant and as a bonsai outside of its native range. Hardy in zones 8-11.
Growing Instructions for the Creosote Bush
The creosote bush prefers full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. 1. Sow the seeds in pots that contain a cactus mix or a mix of sand and some potting soil. 2. Cover seed with 1/8 inch of sand. 3. Keep the pot warm, in the light and barely moist until germination. The seeds germinate in 3 to 5 weeks. 4. After the seedlings reach an inch or two, individuate to gallon pots and grow out that way for at least a year before transplanting. Space plants at least 3 feet apart.