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 maritimus 'Valley Violet' 2 feet high, 4 feet wide. Vivid violet flowers, compact form.
Ceanothus 'Midnight Magic' 3 feet high, 5-6 feet wide. Dark green leaves, deep blue flowers, Suncrest introduction.
Ceanothus megacarpus x 'Tranquil Margarita' 1-2'h; stiff arching stems, tiny lvs, pure white fls.
Ceanothus 'Owlswood Blue' Shiny large leaves; long spikes of rich blue flowers. C. arboreus hybrid.
Ceanothus papillosus var. roweanus long-rectangular lvs, covered in glandular bumps.
Ceanothus papillosus [x thyrsiflorus] 8-15 feet. Small shiny green leaves, rounded clusters of vivid blue flowers.
Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' 10-20 feet; large, dark leaves, masses of blue flowers.
Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' 10-20 feet; large, dark leaves, masses of blue flowers.
Ceanothus rigidus 'Sapphire' 4-6 feet. Stiff angular stems, small leathery leaves, blue flowers in spring.
Ceanothus rigidus 'Snowball' Low, mounding; dense growth; small white flowers.
Ceanothus 'Starbright' 6 feet high and wide. Dark green textured 1 inch leaves, pink buds, bright blue flowers.
Ceanothus 'Sunbird' To 6 feet high, 10 feet wide. Dark shiny leaves, bright blue flowers, heavy bloom.
Ceanothus 'Tassajara Blue' 6-8 feet high by 12 feet wide. Bright blue flowers, shiny green 2-3 inch leaves.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Arroyo de la Cruz' Wintergreen Nursery selection; mounding to 4 feet x 10 feet; blue flowers.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Bixby Bridge' 8 feet, mounding. Medium green shiny leaves, masses of bright blue flowers, spring.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark' 5 foot dome, late bloom, rich blue flowers.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Snow Flurry' 6-20 feet; dense growth, shiny green leaves, white flowers.
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.

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