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Forestiera pubescens

Forestiera pubescens Nutt.

 

Stretchberry, Elbow Bush, Downy Forestiera, Spring Herald, Texas Forsythia, Spring Goldenglow, Tanglewood, Devil’s Elbow, Chaparral

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyOleaceaeTemperate climate shrubs, trees and a few vines, include forsythia, ash, jasmine, privet, olive, lilac, and many others
GenusForestieraProbably named for Parisian physician and botany teacher Robert Forestier (1736-1812)
SpeciespubescensWith soft, downy hair

About plant names...

Stretchberry is a native of western North America.

Identification: Stretchberry is a deciduous shrub that is 4-12' (1.2-3.7 m) in height and width. It has smooth, gray bark, and branches are nearly perpendicular to each other. Leaves are light- or gray-green. Small yellow fragrant flowers become blue-black fruits shaped like tiny footballs about ¼" (6.3 mm) long.

Forestiera pubescens (Stretchberry, Elbow Bush, Downy Forestiera, Spring Herald, Texas Forsythia, Spring Goldenglow, Tanglewood, Devil’s Elbow, Chaparral)

Stretchberry flower. By Stan Shebs.

Online References:

Forestiera pubescens on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah

Forestiera pubescens on the Image Archive of Central Texas Plants

Forestiera pubescens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Forestiera pubescens on Keir Morse's site, Keirosity.com

Forestiera pubescens at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Forestiera pubescens at the Theodore Payne Foundation

Forestiera pubescens on Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Forestiera pubescens on CalPhotos

Forestiera pubescens from the Jepson Manual

Forestiera pubescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Forestiera pubescens (Stretchberry, Elbow Bush, Downy Forestiera, Spring Herald, Texas Forsythia, Spring Goldenglow, Tanglewood, Devil’s Elbow, Chaparral)

5/22/2009 · Wupatki National Monument, AZ
≈ 3½ × 5½' (1.1 × 1.7 m)

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