avoid invasive plants Saltcedar Alternative: Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium)
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Saltcedar Alternative: Fernbush

(Chamaebatiaria millefolium)

Why it's a standout: A tough, drought-resistant native of the Southwest, this 3- to 5-foot-tall shrub boasts fern-like silvery leaves that are evergreen in mild climates and release a spicy fragrance when brushed against. In summer, it flaunts pointed clusters of rose-like flowers, and in fall, cool temperatures turn its foliage a sunny yellow.
What it needs: Full sun; dry, well-drained soil
Zones: 4 to 8
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