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
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Sprig Lake' 8-10 feet. Medium green leaves, masses of bright blue flowers, spring.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Carmel Creeper' Spreading to 15 feet wide; large shiny green leaves, light blue flowers.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Diamond Heights' 1 foot high, 4-5 feet wide. Yellow variegated leaves; light blue flowers.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Kurt Zadnik' 3-4 feet high, 8-12 feet wide. Shiny dark green leaves, deepest indigo blue flowers in spring.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Yankee Point' 3-5 feet high, 8-15 feet wide. Dark green leaves, medium blue flowers.
Ceanothus 'Tilden Park' 3 feet high by 6 feet+ wide. Dark green leaves; medium blue flowers, spring.
Ceanothus 'Wheeler Canyon' 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, dense; textured leaves, pink buds, blue flowers.
Cercis occidentalis--dark Lake Co. strain Redbud; deep colored magenta flowers, bushy.
Cercis occidentalis 'Firefall Strain' Redbud. Selected for dark pink flowers, brilliant fall leaf color.
Cercocarpus betuloides Mountain mahogany. Striking creamy seed plumes. California native.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver' 5-6 feet high by 4 feet wide. Feathery, silver white tips/effect. Slow.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' 6-8 feet high by 3 feet wide. Dense column, bright blue green foliage.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden King' 10 feet high by 5 feet wide. Golden new leaves in wide flat sprays.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Imbricata Pendula'' Very slender cascading green stems. Slow growing. Very striking form.
Cheilanthes covillei Rock fern. Dense clumps, fuzzy, much-divided fronds.
Chilopsis linearis 'Purple Splendour' Desert willow. Rounded. Large shaded purplish pink flowers.
Chrysothamnus nauseosus Dryland shrub has silvery leaves, and is covered with bright yellow flowers in late summer and fall.
Clarkia speciosa ssp. immaculata Arching stems with silky magenta flowers with white centers.
Clarkia williamsonii Flowers are bright pink with a white center and dark pink spot on each petal.
Clematis lasiantha Chaparral clematis; lacy leaves, clustered white flowers, fluffy seeds.

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