Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig

Yellow Twig Rabbitbrush (Chamisa)

 

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Yellow Twig rabbit brush provides fall and winter interest in xeric landscapes. Blooming in early fall with clusters of deep yellow flowers, the plant has bright chartreuse-yellow stems in winter. A High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 37070

Details

5-6' tall x 5-6' wide. ‘Yellow Twig’ is a plant I found one winter when I spotted its bright yellow stems glowing above the snowy ground around it. Use it like a xeric Yellow Twigged dogwood, to brighten the landscape, especially in winter. The foliage is mid-green and the large yellow flower heads light up the xeriscape in fall. Rabbit brush is an invaluable source of nectar and pollen for feeding the bees in autumn. Cut back by 1/3 once every 3rd or 4th spring after blooming to keep to moderate size. Plant with Rhus, Forestiera
SKU 37070
Common Name Yellow Twig Rabbitbrush (Chamisa)
Botanical Name Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 5-6' tall
Mature Spread 5-6' wide
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Native
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensChrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig
 
2.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

  • Small in size (4)

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (3)
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    • Personal (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good growth

This plant took 3 years to really start growing, but now it's huge. I started from the small cutting. I've planted 2 others along the worst spots in my xeriscape along the north...Read complete review

This plant took 3 years to really start growing, but now it's huge. I started from the small cutting. I've planted 2 others along the worst spots in my xeriscape along the north side to fill space. In the fall, the yellow blooms are surprisingly beautiful.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just a cutting

This purchase was one of several that I made in past few years with this company. In the past I received mostly cuttings that I would need to give careful attention to make them...Read complete review

This purchase was one of several that I made in past few years with this company. In the past I received mostly cuttings that I would need to give careful attention to make them survive but most ended up dying anyways.
This purchase was no different. I received three cuttings that were "dormant in late spring." All three died. I have decided for not to order any products from this company any more. Way too expensive just for cuttings that are going to die.

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2.0

Did not survive

By 

from Pueblo CO

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    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

      Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

      While I have been happy with most plants that I have purchased thru High Country Gardens, this wasn't a very good size plant on arrival and did not take. Sometimes plants do not look like they are going to make it but surprise you.not so this time

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      4.0

      Very hardy and quick to establish

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      from Fort Collins, CO

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

      • Pests & Disease

      Best Uses

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

        Due to some delays with a landscaper this plant was pot-bound until late July which meant that I had to keep it in the shade much more than it probably preferred to avoid drying out. I'm amazed it survived, and when I finally did get it in the ground it did not look like it would make it. After a few weeks, though, it perked up and got enough growth that it should be fine. It did surprise me with an aphid infestation late in the season, but they were easy to deal on a still-small plant and I can't imagine them doing much damage in the future as this plant thrives in the wild here.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        too small to evaluate

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        from Peoria, Il.

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

        if anyone visits Las Vegas N.V.be sure to see the new garden walk next to New York New York Hotel-many plants of this kind for several blocks - eating and patio seating places along park

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good growth

        By 

        from Colorado

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

          This plant took 3 years to really start growing, but now it's huge. I started from the small cutting. I've planted 2 others along the worst spots in my xeriscape along the north side to fill space. In the fall, the yellow blooms are surprisingly beautiful.

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          • Personal

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Invasive species

          By 

          from New Mexico

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

              This is a word of warning...although an attractive plant it is invasive as bamboo. Nothing eats the plant itself. New Mexico has been fighting the Rabbitbrush invasion for years.

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              1.0

              Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig

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              from Cedar Grove, NC

              Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

              This plant looked poorly when I got it-not just dormant, but dying. I planted it anyway, thinking it might have root strength to survive, but it didn't

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Disappointed

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              from Pueblo West Colorado

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions

              Cons

              • Small In Size
              • Unattractive

              Best Uses

                Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

                I bought the Yellow Twigs to fill in some space on my property. I ordered 2 of them in the fall. When they arrived I had to chuckle as they were so tiny. But I thought what the heck, they will grow and followed instructions and planted them. This spring one looked totally dead, the other had about an inch of green. I have kept them watered and they are slowly coming back to life. I hope they continue to grow, and hopefully will get to the size as promised.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Bloomed the first year

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                from Casper WY

                About Me Master Gardener

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

                  I planted it a little late, but although it's small, it had yellow blooms this fall. It's been covered in snow for over a month, so I hope all is well in the spring.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Just a cutting

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                  from Hobbs, NM

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy
                    • Small In Size

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

                      This purchase was one of several that I made in past few years with this company. In the past I received mostly cuttings that I would need to give careful attention to make them survive but most ended up dying anyways.
                      This purchase was no different. I received three cuttings that were "dormant in late spring." All three died. I have decided for not to order any products from this company any more. Way too expensive just for cuttings that are going to die.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Happy with my purchase

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                      from Park City

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                      Pros

                      • Native Species

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig:

                          In my first product shipment, the plant detached from the root ball on 2 of 3 plants. HCG promptly replaced the 2 defective plants so that all 3 grew and developed at the same rate over the growing season. This is a very hardy native species so I'm hoping the plants survive the winter well and thrive over the upcoming growing season.

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                          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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                          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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