Botanical Name: Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Common Name: Fernbush  
Plant photo of: Chamaebatiaria millefolium
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Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Fernbush is a wonderful Utah native, well suited to urban life. It has an upright, rounded form, growing about 3 to 5 feet tall. Bright green foliage emerges in the spring, and as the name suggests, has a fern-like appearance. foliage has a lemony-pine scent when bruised. Mid-summer sees clusters of white flowers appearing at the ends of branches. Bark is red and shreddy. Though not typically evergreen in our region, it holds its foliage late into the autumn. Use in the shrub or foundation border, as an informal hedge, or near the veggie garden as a pollinator-attractor.
Grow in well drained soil and in full sun to part shade. It is adaptive to a wide range of soil types, including heavy clay soils and poor soils. Flowers attract native bees, butterflies, and and other beneficial insects. Very drought tolerant once established. Prune hard, nearly to the ground, in late winter to keep the form tidy and to produce lots of branches for flowering. Cold hardy to -25f.