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Old Man Saltbush, Giant Saltbush
Scientific Name: Atriplex nummularia Lindl.
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Old Man Saltbush, Giant Saltbush (Atriplex  nummularia) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 15-24
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: Needs a protected area in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Australia

Growth Habits: Evergreen bush to 6 feet tall (1.8 m), 8 feet spread (2.4 m)

Watering Needs: Little water when established, does well on brackish water

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

Saltbushes are extremely tolerant of salt contant in the ground. Their name is coming from the fact that they retain salt in their leaves. They thrive where summers are hot.

Cultural Practices:
Can be sheared for hedges. It is also good to trim it after the blossoms and seeds have dried up, to improve its appearance.

Blooming Habits:
The Old Man Saltbush is dioecious, there are male and female plants. Only the female plants bear the winged bracts.

Fruiting Habits:

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