Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point'
Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point' (Dwarf Coyote Brush) - A low growing groundcover shrub to 1 to 2 feet tall by about 8 feet wide with light green rounded leaves that while small, are larger and lighter colored than the typical species and other cultivars. It is a male flower selection so does not get the fluffy seed heads that are somewhat attractive are also a bit of a nuisance. Plant in full sun. Once established can get by with little summer water in coastal plantings and a monthly irrigation inland but can looks better, grows faster and stays healthier with at least occasional summer irrigation. It is best planted in a well-draining situation but is tolerant of a wide range of soil types including alkaline, sandy and clay is cold hardy to around 10° F. Tolerant of coastal conditions and inland heat and deer tend to leave this plant alone. Plant about 6 to 8 feet apart for a solid cover within two to four years and if planted tighter will bulk up to make a taller planting. In late winter it can be sheared to make denser or be coppiced hard to renew an older planting. Keep an eye out for spider mite infestations which can cause leaf drop and a periodic overhead spray to wash dust from the leaf surfaces might help with this pest and will make a planting look fresher as well. One can anticipate having plantings of this cultivar remain attractive for at least 10 years and longer if rejuvenated.