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Aussie Flatbush™ saltbush

Rhagodia spinescens 'SAB01'

Rhagodia 'Aussie Flat Bush' on low water in Davis in July 2020. Photo: K Reid
Rhagodia 'Aussie Flat Bush' on low water in Davis in July 2020. Photo: K Reid

Summary

Aussie Flat Bush™ is a compact, low-growing shrub or tall groundcover with arrow- shaped, bluish grey-green leaves. Plants maintained an informal mounding growth habit in Davis with very healthy foliage, and only a few yellow leaves late in the year. Overall appearance in Davis was very good on all treatments throughout the treatment year earning it our Blue Ribbon™ award for high performance on low water. In Irvine plants showed a few symptoms of yellowing leaf tips, possibly from the reclaimed irrigation water, but nevertheless performed well. Although some plants in Irvine developed a bare center, they typically filled in without pruning as the year progressed. No differences in plant growth or aesthetic quality were observed between treatments at either site. As such, we recommend irrigating Aussie Flat Bush on low water in WUCOLS regions 2 and 3.

Rhagodia Aussie Flat Bush on low in October at SCREC. Photo: D Martinez
Rhagodia Aussie Flat Bush on low in October at SCREC. Photo: D Martinez

Basic Info

Submitted by: Dig Plant Co.
Trial Exposure: Sun
Year evaluated: 2020
Height & Width
(after 2 years):
 26" x 70" - UC Davis
 36" x 117" - SCREC
Reported Height & Width
(at maturity):
 24-48" x 72-96"
WUCOLS plant type: Gc S
Water Needs & WUCOLS Region:
 Low - Region 2 
 Low - Region 3
Mean Overall 
Appearance rating:
(1-5 Scale, 5 is highest)
 4 - UC Davis 
 3.7 - SCREC
Flowering Months

 N/A - UC Davis

 N/A - SCREC

Growth and Quality Data

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Close-up of leaves showing small stipules.
Close-up of leaves showing small stipules.