www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2016 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Eastern Baccharis  Baccharis halimifolia

Eastern Baccharis is a perennial deciduous shrub that can grow to a height of 10-12 feet.  It has several other names, including groundsel tree, saltmyrtle, seamyrtle, and silverling.  It is a native plant that grows in open woods, roadsides, marshes, beaches, and disturbed sites from Texas to Florida and north to Massachusetts.

The flowers tend to grow in round clusters about two inches wide. The flower heads are about 0.5-inch long and enclosed in overlapping bracts.  These flowers bloom in the fall.

The alternate green leaves can be up to three inches long and are oval to elliptical in shape.  The edges are coarsely toothed above the middle.

These plants are dioecious, which means there are separate male and female plants.

The images shown on this page were taken in Deep Creek during the month of November.

The distribution maps for the Eastern Baccharis are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).