Plant Introductions by Suncrest Nurseries

One of the major elements of our work at Suncrest has been the testing and introduction of promising new plants for the enrichment of California gardens. This work has proceeded on several fronts. We select interesting California natives in the wild; make deliberate hybrids among our favorite plant groups in the nursery; choose superior individuals and strains from seedling batches; and make enthusiastic use of serendipity, in which new plants just "appear", thanks to the work of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You'll find a current listing of Suncrest introductions below, together with capsule descriptions. Use the page numbers at the bottom of the display to browse the full list. Click on any of the names that strike your fancy to see a fuller display of plant characteristics, cultural requirements and tolerances, and a picture if one is available. You'll also find a flyer on Suncrest introductions available from the Publications page.

Plant Name Capsule Description
Ceanothus 'Blue Ray' 10 feet high, 15 feet wide. Dark textured leaves, deep blue flowers in long clusters.
Ceanothus dentatus 'Bluette' 3-6 feet high, spreading. Small leaves, slender stems, bright blue flowers.
Ceanothus foliosus 'Berryhill' 2 feet; tiny, shiny leaves, small blue flower clusters.
Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Wintergreen Nursery selection. Dwarf, tiny-leaved selection. Bright blue flower puffs.
Ceanothus 'Midnight Magic' 3 feet high, 5-6 feet wide. Dark green leaves, deep blue flowers, Suncrest introduction.
Ceanothus papillosus [x thyrsiflorus] 8-15 feet. Small shiny green leaves, rounded clusters of vivid blue flowers.
Ceanothus rigidus 'Sapphire' 4-6 feet. Stiff angular stems, small leathery leaves, blue flowers in spring.
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 thyrsiflorus 'Arroyo de la Cruz' Wintergreen Nursery selection; mounding to 4 feet x 10 feet; 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.
Chusquea culeou 'Bluebird' Dense clumps; blue stems 10-20 feet, hardier than typical.
Cistus 'Santa Cruz' 3 feet compact, grey-leaved; dark pink 2 inch flowers.
Coleonema pulchellum 'Danny's Gold Sport' Breath of heaven. Semi-upright, yellow leaves, light pink flowers.
Dahlia 'Aztec Sunshine' 5 feet. Bright yellow flowers set on black stems; dark green leaves.
Dahlia 'Dark Sun' Dark purplish leaves; large single salmon orange flowers. Long bloom.
Dahlia 'Jungle Blaze' 5-6 feet. Dark green leaves, many single, vivid orange flowers.
Dahlia 'Kali' 4 feet. Many single deep red flowers, dark red leaves. Long bloom.
Dahlia 'Night and Day' 4 feet plus. Many rosy purple flowers with white & yellow center.