Plants For Mixed-evergreen Forest

A young specimen of Abies bracteata, Santa Lucia Fir, in our Santa Margarita garden in the spring.  - grid24_12
Abies bracteata Santa Lucia Fir

Santa Lucia Fir (Abies bracteata) is an evergreen conifer that grows slowly to 70 feet. This fir is a lovely tree which grows in part-shade until established, under the fog drip of existing trees i... Learn more.

Abies concolor, White Fir trees. - grid24_12
Abies concolor White Fir

White Fir (Abies concolor) is not at its best where the summer temperatures commonly range above 100 degrees F, but this California fir is much easier in our climate than the Noble Fir (Abies procera)... Learn more.

Acer circinatum, Vine Maple flowers. - grid24_12
Acer circinatum Vine Maple

Vine maple, Acer circinatum is native from British Columbia along the coast to northern California and up along much of the Cascade mountain ranges. Bark is smooth and reddish. Leaves are small for a... Learn more.

Acer macrophyllum, Big Leaf Maple with fall color in a forest of small trees. - grid24_12
Acer macrophyllum Big Leaf Maple

Big leaf maple, Acer macrophyllum, is a deciduous Tree, to 50 feet, but normally more like 30 feet ,often developing several trunks. Large maple leaves colorful in autumn. Native from Alaska to sou... Learn more.

Actaea rubra snakeberry - grid24_12
Actaea rubra Snakeberry

Baneberry is a small perennial that grows in deep woods, north slopes and in meadows from Southern California up into Alaska, Alberta and across to New Mexico. In small doses Baneberry was used by Nat... Learn more.

Adiantum capillus-veneris, Maidenhair fern in Zion park Utah. - grid24_12
Adiantum capillus-veneris Maidenhair Fern

A small fern 18 inches high that grows in moist shade or north slope, throughout most of California and the U.S. Maidenhair will go summer dormant if allowed to dry out. It's deer proof. Native to MA... Learn more.

Adiantum jordanii, California Maiden-Hair Fern, loves the habitat in this moist greenhouse rock wall.  - grid24_12
Adiantum jordanii California Maiden-Hair Fern

This maidenhair fern is native to much of California and grows in shaded woods under oaks and pines. Maidenhair never gets much sun and is usually in moist winter spots, that go dry in summer. If this... Learn more.

Buckeye trees are used as a nectar source for many native butterflies. Spring Azure/ Echo blue uses Aesculus californica as a larval food source.  Native plant equals native insect or bird. - grid24_12
Aesculus californica California Buckeye

California Buckeye is a deciduous, small tree, normally growing to 15'. The showy 6" creamy- scented flower spikes appear in April-May. Native to the central coast ranges and Sierra Nevada mounta... Learn more.

Agastache with a Swallowtail Butterfly - grid24_12
Agastache urticifolia Horse Mint

Licorice Mint is a perennial with whorls of lovely rose-colored flowers and a delicate fragrance. Best in sun if you want to attract the butterflies. This is a hardy perennial, that is very happy in ... Learn more.

An old photo of the flowering stalks of perennial Agrostis thurberiana - grid24_12
Agrostis thurberiana

A perennial grass of the sierra conifer forests. Growing in openings and meadows at 6-8000 feet.Syn. Agrostis humilis. Learn more.

Alnus incana tenuifolia, Thinleaf alder leaf - grid24_12
Alnus incana var. tenuifolia Thinleaf alder

Mountain Alder is small deciduous tree that grows from Tulare County in the Sierras to Alaska and into the Rocky Mountains. Mountain Alder frequents the stream banks and north slopes. If you are a fly... Learn more.

Alnus rhombifolia south of Big Bear, 6500  feet - grid24_12
Alnus rhombifolia White Alder

White alder is a fast deciduous tree to 20' first years then slower to 50 ft.. Native to moist canyons on the west coast. A nice- looking and fragrant shade tree. It likes sun and water. It is not ... Learn more.

Alnus rubra, Red Alder, is a great plant for erosion control, and fixes nitrogen. - grid24_12
Alnus rubra Red Alder

Alnus rubra, Red Alder is a deciduous tree that grows  fast to 10', moderately to 20', slow to 50'. Red Alder is native to Berkeley, Crescent City, Pt. Reyes, up along the coast in British Columbi... Learn more.

Amelanchier alnifolia. Serviceberry - grid24_12
Amelanchier alnifolia Western Service Berry

This Service Berry, Amelanchier alnifolia, is a very slow-growing, deciduous shrub to 10', with edible blue berries 1/4" across. This good wildlife plant ranges from North Dakota to southern Calif... Learn more.

Aquilegia eximia Serpentine Columbine - grid24_12
Aquilegia eximia Serpentine Columbine

The keys do not agree. This plant (A. eximia) probably is a hybrid with Aquilegia formosa. A 2' perennial, with red-yellow flowers and green-gray foliage, Serpentine Columbine flowers from May th... Learn more.

Aquilegia formosa Crimson Columbine, Western Columbine, or  Red Columbine flower - grid24_12
Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine

Western Columbine, is similar to Aquilegia eximia but with a wider range, smaller flowers and more delicate- looking foliage. We've seen this species in the Sierra Nevada and in our own coastal moun... Learn more.

A young tree of Arbutus menziesii, Madrone, at the edge of rangelands.  - grid24_12
Arbutus menziesii Madrone

Usually a small evergreen tree Madrone has peeling, reddish-brown bark, and red edible berries. Sometimes, in some areas, Madrone can become a real tree, but usually it looks more like a manzanita ... Learn more.

Emerald Carpet Manzanita is a creepy little groundcover that likes lawn water. BUT, you do not have to mow it. - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet' might as well be a lawn manzanita

Emerald Carpet manzanita is an evergreen groundcover preferred by the non-native folks that want to plant a 'native'. This is a hybrid between Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and Arctostaphylos nummularia. Em... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos columbiana hated us. It loves the Pacific Northwest. - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos columbiana Hairy Manzanita

An evergreen, 5-10' high shrub, Hairy Manzanita grows along the coastal plains in the evergreen forest from northern California to British Columbia. A fuzzy, light- green plant that grows under pines,... Learn more.

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Arctostaphylos crustacea var. eastwoodiana Harris Grade manzanita

This little Manzanita selection, Harris Grade, was found  by the late Bert Wilson founder of Las Pilitas Nursery. Bert introduced it originally as  A. glandulosa Eastw. subsp. howellii  but then de... Learn more.

Arctostaohylos glandulosa flower and bush - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos glandulosa var. glandulosa Eastwood's manzanita

Eastwood's manzanita is a very diverse manzanita that grows in the coastal mountains of much of California. The botanists have been arguing for years about varieties, forms, subspecies of this species... Learn more.

An old photo of Arctostaphylos mewukka, Indian Manzanita - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos mewukka Indian Manzanita

This manzanita species is an evergreen shrub, 3-8' tall, native to the central Sierra Nevada from 2500-6000' elevation. A crown sprouter, it will regrow from the live root system after fires and so is... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos obispoensis San Luis Obispo Manzanita on a cold winter morning - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos obispoensis 'San Luis Obispo Manzanita' Serpentine Manzanita

San Luis Obispo Manzanita is an evergray shrub, bush or small tree to 8' tall, with gray fuzzy leaves, and deep red stems that used to grow on the hills North of San Luis Obispo. It will make a very ... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos refugioensis, Refugio Manzanita - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos refugioensis 'Refugio Manzanita' Refugio Manzanita

Arctostaphylos refugioensis, Refugio Manzanita is native to the Santa Ynez Mountains, near Santa Barbara. This manzanita grows in the chaparral. Associated plants range from Styrax sp., Adenostoma sp,... Learn more.

The strange and beautiful flowers of Aristolochia californica, California Pipevine. - grid24_12
Aristolochia californica California Pipevine

California Dutchman's Pipe or Pipe Vine is a deciduous vine with one inch purple striped pipe-shaped flowers. Pipe vine likes part-shade. This California native vine has become fairly drought tolerant... Learn more.

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