This long-lived shrub is semi-evergreen, fast growing, and varies in size, depending on available moisture. Its wheat-colored branches are lined with small, olive-green, lobed leaves. It blooms in the spring with small white flowers, followed by white to pink feathery fruit clusters. It occurs over much of the southwestern U.S., and into northern Mexico, from 3000 to 8000 feet. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. It responds to deep monthly irrigations.