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 '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.
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 Shrub or small tree. Magenta flowers along bare stems in spring.
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.

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