Baccharis halimifolia from Joanne

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Stumped on another tree I just saw in my backyard that is in bloom. Behind large patch of wax Myrtle
A male ir female tree form of wax Myrtle??
Strange to see flowers st this time of year

Hi Joanne,

your shrub is called Baccharis halimifolia, and it has several common names, including groundsel tree and sea-myrtle. It is not related to wax myrtle, but is instead in the aster family.  These are fruits which disperse their seeds by wind, and the shrub you show is, then, a female.  It has greatly expanded its range, as it was once confined to the coastal areas.


Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS


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