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 Shadscale Saltbush

(Atriplex confertifolia)


Shadscale saltbush is a spiny shrub native throughout the western United States. It forms a rounded bush 30 to 60 cm (12 to 24 in.) tall. The spine-tipped branches have gray-green leaves, and the fruit is shaped like a wedge. Shadscale is most common in the northern desert and western plateau on alkali soils, at elevations of 1,200 to 2,135 m (4,000 to 7,000 ft.).

Seed should be drilled 1.3 to 2 cm (½ to ¾ in.) deep in well-prepared seedbeds. Adjust the depth for different soil types (shallower for fine-textured moist soils). Spring and mid-summer planting dates have been more successful than fall planting dates. Shadscale is used for mining reclamation, erosion control on saline, alkaline sites, for big game range restoration and as a winter browse on sheep ranges.



5.5 to 7.8 kg PLS /hectare
5 to 7 lbs. PLS/acre



69,900 per lb. (0.46 kg)

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