Plants For Yellow Pine 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.

Box Elder tree,  Acer negundo californicum with fall color in fog. - grid24_12
Acer negundo var. californicum California Box Elder

California Box Elder is a deciduous tree, usually 30', possible to 50'. Native to the mountains of central and northern California. Acer negundo var. californicum has a bad rap because of the box el... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium californica Yarrow with Hair Streak - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. californica Yarrow

Western Yarrow is a small perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It varies by locale from 1-4'. The cream-colored (off-white?) flowers are in 3- 4"clusters. It's native to the western U.S. and is drought... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium var. lanulosa, Mountain Yarrow has grown as a pure white ground cover. - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. lanulosa Mountain Yarrow

Mountain Yarrow's leaves are smaller and tighter than the common native yarrow in California. The plants are lower to the ground, flowers are as large and a bright, pure white. Achillea lanulosa grow... Learn more.

Achillea millefolium rosea Island Pink Pink Yarrow  - grid24_12
Achillea millefolium var. rosea 'Island Pink' Pink California Yarrow

(Achillea borealis ssp. californica (Munz)) Island Pink. Yarrow is a perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It varies by locale from one to four feet. Some plants of each population will have 3- 4"clu... 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.

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.

Agoseris grandiflora,  Mountain dandelion flower - grid24_12
Agoseris grandiflora Mountain dandelion

Mountain dandelion is a little perennial with large dandelion seed 'balls'. These 'balls' (head of fruits) are up to 2 inches across. Large yellow flowers, leafless flowering stems, leaves near the b... 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.

Amelanchier utahensis flowers - grid24_12
Amelanchier utahensis Utah Service Berry

Utah Service Berry is a very different looking shrub. The bark is off-white, foliage is green-grey, foliage is predominantly on the outer tips of the stems. Associated plants include Keckiella ternatu... Learn more.

Amorpha californica, California False Indigo Bush flowers - grid24_12
Amorpha californica California False Indigo Bush

California False Indigo Bush is a aromatic shrub to about six feet. This shrub in the pea family is native to central and southern California, where it prefers lightly filtered sun to nearly full sha... Learn more.

Anemone multifida, Pacific Anemone flower - grid24_12
Anemone multifida Pacific Anemone

Pacific Anemone is a cool little windflower to grows on mountain tops through much of north America and even Chile. Good for a part shade or cool rock garden. Not for Mesa Arizona, better chance in Po... Learn more.

Antennaria microphylla, Littleleaf Pussytoes, Rosy Pussytoes, Smallleaf pussytoes and Small leaf everlasting - grid24_12
Antennaria microphylla Littleleaf Pussytoes

This is a cute little perennial that has a cute little flower that looks like littleleaf pussytoes. This Antennaria is the the most wide ranging of the Pussytoes growing from California to Ontario Ca... Learn more.

Aralia californica elk clover leaves - grid24_12
Aralia californica California Spikenard

Elk Clover, Aralia californica,  is our native relative to Ivy. Both are in the Ginseng family, But Aralia californica has medicinal uses as a tonic and is a whole lot cooler. Native from Palomar... Learn more.

The flowers of Sonoma Manzanita - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos 'Sonoma Manzanita Bush' Stanford Manzanita

Sonoma manzanita was not impressive until it flowered. The large pink flowers made quite an impression on everyone. The foliage is neat, green, and glossy. The bark is deep red and clean. A nice pla... Learn more.

An old picture of Arctostaphylos canescens. - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos canescens Hoary Manzanita

Hoary Manzanita is an evergray shrub to 6', and grows in sand or rocky soil along the northern California coast. This species needs good drainage (no standing water after 60 minutes in a 1 foot deep ... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii Laguna Manzanita flowers. - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos glandulosa var. adamsii Laguna Manzanita

Laguna manzanita, Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii,  is a sprawling evergreen manzanita shrub that will form a knee high groundcover. VERY gray with smooth red stems. Seems to be very drought tol... Learn more.

Arctostaphylos glandulosa campbelliae, I swear  all the glandulosas look the same. - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos glandulosa var. campbelliae Eastwood Manzanita

Evergreen bush manzanita, usually about 4' tall. It has 1 1/2" gray leaves, red- brown stems. Among the toughest of the manzanita, roots and spreads to 10' wide, usually on sandstone or clay. This wou... 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.

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