Adenostoma sparsifolium

Red shanks

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 16' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Red shanks grows from San Luis Obispo County south into Mexico. It grows into an open tree with shredding strips (“shanks”) on red and gray bark and feathery fronds of small leaves. The flower color is cream white as with the closely related chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum. With careful pruning, redshanks makes an interesting small tree. It is highly adaptable to a variety of soils and is best given little water after it is established.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen