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Common Name: Black Greasewood

Scientific Name: Sarcobatus vermiculatus

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife habitat restoration


~Native landscaping

Height: 3 - 8 feet

Colors: Green foliage with tan/brown flowers

Flowering Season: Spring

Elevation: 4,000 - 7,000

Soil Types: Dry clay, saline or alkaline

Tolerances: Cold

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 6 - 9 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 285,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Stratification Requirements: Cold stratification required for germination

Category: Shrubs



Black Greasewood is a deciduous shrub with spines, and it is widely distributed throughout the western United States, particularly within elevations ranging from 2,500 to 7,500 feet. This hardy shrub is commonly found in various habitats, including clay, saline, or alkaline lowland areas, as well as in drier settings such as valley bottoms, slopes, and ridges. Black Greasewood is notable for its cold tolerance, allowing it to thrive in a range of environmental conditions.


In terms of its value for forage, Black Greasewood offers fair to good palatability to both livestock and wildlife. However, it's worth its oxalate content, which can impact its nutritional suitability. Beyond its role as forage, Black Greasewood serves as a highly useful plant for the reclamation of harsh saline and alkali sites, contributing to land restoration efforts. It is a valuable choice for native landscaping, making it an attractive and functional addition to cultivated landscapes.



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Photo Credits: Matt Lavin and Andrey Zharkikh

Black Greasewood


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