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 gloriosus 'Heart's Desire' 1 foot high by 4-5 feet wide, dark shiny leaves, lavender blue flowers.
Ceanothus gloriosus v. exaltatus 'Emily Brown' 4 feet high by 10 feet wide; mounding; holly-like leaves, purple flowers.
Ceanothus gloriosus v. porrectus 'Mt. Vision' Mounds to 1-2 feet high, 7 feet wide. Bright blue flowers, rounded leaves.
Ceanothus hearstiorum 6 inches high by 10 feet wide. Narrow, textured leaves, bright blue flowers.
Ceanothus impressus 'Puget Blue' 6-8 feet, spreading. Small puckered leaves, lavender-blue flowers.
Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Wintergreen Nursery selection. Dwarf, tiny-leaved selection. Bright blue flower puffs.
Ceanothus 'Joan Mirov' California lilac. Dark blue flowers coat 3 feet high by 10 feet wide shrub.
Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter' 2-4 feet high by 6-15 feet wide. 3 inch medium blue fragrant flower clusters.
Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' 6 feet high by 12 feet wide; dense, with small leaves, electric blue flowers.
Ceanothus maritimus 'Frosty Dawn' 2 feet high/3-5 feet wide. Carpeting habit, greyish leaves, dark blue flowers.
Ceanothus maritimus 'Pt. Sierra' 2 feet high/3 feet wide. Carpeting habit, greyish leaves, purple flowers.
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 'Owlswood Blue' Shiny large leaves; long spikes of rich blue flowers. C. arboreus hybrid.
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.

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