California Natives at Suncrest Nurseries Inc.

Though Suncrest Nurseries offers interesting plants from several continents, including much of the United States, a few of us are almost obsessively devoted to the native plants of California. We regularly stalk the wilds, always with at least a semiconscious "eye out" for potentially gardenworthy natives, and we bring back seeds and cuttings from nearly every trip. We also rely on friends at several California botanic gardens, and on passionate native plant gardeners, who bring us their plant treasures for trial and possible introduction. All in all, it may be the best part of our work here, and we're privileged to be able to contribute a wide offering of beautiful natives to California horticulture.

You'll find a lengthy list of our native offerings below, organized by pages to make it a bit more manageable. Click on the name of any plant on the list for a fuller display of plant characteristics and cultural needs and possibilities. Also be sure to download our flyer on native plants from the Publications page of this site, for easy reference offline.

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Plant Name Capsule Description
Ranunculus californicus Low green leaves form tidy clumps; sprays of shiny vivid yellow flowers in early spring.
Ranunculus occidentalis Hairy low leaves; bright yellow flowers in spring. Native to California and the Pacific Northwest.
Rhamnus (Frangula) californica 'Eve Case' Coffeeberry. 6 feet, compact; large dark leaves; red-tinged berries.
Rhamnus (Frangula) californica 'Leatherleaf' Coffeeberry. 4-6 feet+. Round, tight form. Shiny, deepest green leaves.
Rhamnus (Frangula) californica 'Mound San Bruno' 4-5 feet+. Coffeeberry. Dense, mounding, dark green leaves.
Rhamnus (Frangula) californica 'Seaview Improved' Coffeeberry. 16 inches. Prostrate, slow-growing. Dark satiny leaves.
Rhamnus (Frangula) californica ssp. crassifolia Coffeeberry; 8 feet or more; grey-felted leaves, red-black berries.
Rhamnus (Frangula) californica ssp. tomentella Coffeeberry; 8 feet or more; narrow dark green leaves, red-black berries.
Rhamnus ilicifolia To 8 feet or more, bushy. Glossy toothed leaves on stiff branches, bright red berries.
Rhamnus purshiana Cascara. Large, shiny, neatly veined leaves, black fruits.
Rhododendron occidentale--Goat Mountain strain Western azalea; 6 feet; fragrant white flowers, purplish leaves.
Rhododendron occidentale 'SM189' Western azalea; 6 feet; large fragrant white flowers with pink and yellow markings.
Rhododendron occidentale--Smith River strain Western azalea; 6 feet; large fragrant white flowers with pink and yellow markings.
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum Golden currant. Bright yellow fragrant flowers, red fruits.
Ribes californicum Hillside gooseberry. 4-6 feet. Bushy, spiny. Dark red & white flowers.
Ribes malvaceum 'Christy Ridge' To 6 feet. Clusters of bright pink flowers, winter-spring.
Ribes malvaceum 'Dancing Tassels' 5-7 feet. Long drooping clusters, pink buds, white flowers, winter.
Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium 'Ortega Beauty' Chaparral currant. Furry lobed leaves, cherry-red flowers.
Ribes nevadense Mountain pink currant. 4-6 feet. Light pink flowers, lobed leaves.
Ribes roezlii Lobed leaves on stiff spiny stems, dark red & white flowers mature to spiny, juicy fruits.

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