Many plants and animals across the arid regions of western U.S. and northern Mexico owe their livelihood to the prolific Fourwing Saltbush. In nature, it commonly protects young tender seedlings from the elements, and also provides food, shelter, and nesting sites for a variety of birds. In more manicured spaces, it is employed as an informal or clipped hedge, a barrier or screen, a beautiful accent specimen, or as a background foundation. Though the inconspicuous flowers of the Fourwing Saltbush are not much to look at, the golden seed pods, produced by female plants in fall, provide a terrific display of wildlife activity and impressive color against the plant’s silvery foliage.
Height: 3 – 6 feet
Width: 5 – 8 feet
Bloom color: Greenish White to Yellow
Flowering season: Spring, Summer, Fall
USDA minimum zone: 4
Cold hardiness: -30° F


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