A bush by any other name would still smell

    Creosote bush is one of the most common plant species found in North America deserts. Its leaves have a shiny coating that reflects sunlight. This helps keep the plant from losing water from evaporation. The Creosote bush gets its name from the strong smell it gives off after a rain. In Spanish, the Cresosote bush is called hediondilla; which means “little stinker.”

    Wildlife Facts
    Common Name:
    Scientific Name:
    Larrea tridentata
    Southern Arizona
    • Yellow
    Fun Facts:
    • Most creosotes are genetically diverse plants but sometimes a single individual, over many years, can become a clonal colony. (A group of genetically identical plants that have vegetatively reproduced in a specific location from one plant.)
    • King Clone is believed to be the oldest creosote at 11,700 years and deemed one of the world's oldest living organisms.
    • Native American used this plant medicinally for many ailments.
    • Chuckwalla baste in the sun on limbs of the creosote plant.
    Plant Type:
    • Shrub
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)
    Hardiness Zones

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

    USDA Hardiness Zones

    7a (0 °F to 5 °F)

    7b (5 °F to 10 °F)

    8a (10 °F to 15 °F)

    8b (15 °F to 20 °F)

    9a (20 °F to 25 °F)

    9b (25 °F to 30 °F)

    10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

    10b (35 °F to 40 °F)