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
Philadelphus microphyllus 'Desert Snow' 4-5 feet. Twiggy. Felted leaves. Fragrant white flowers, summer.
Phyla nodiflora--native strain Lippia. Low tight green ground cover, pink flowers in summer. Fast.
Physocarpus capitatus 'Siskiyou Beauty' Ninebark. Leafy shrub to 6 feet; heads of white flowers. CA native.
Pickeringia montana Chaparral pea. Rounded, spiny shrub. Purplish pink flowers.
Pinus ponderosa Ponderosa pine, western yellow pine. Distinctive bark.
Plantago subnuda Broad green leaves feed butterfly larvae. Narrow flower spikes.
Platanus racemosa Large bold leaves on spreading brances, distinctive mottled tan bark.
Poa secunda Pine bluegrass. Low soft green clump; 18 inch flower stems.
Polypodium californicum 'Sarah Lyman' California native fern; dissected-leaf selection. Deciduous in summer.
Polypodium scouleri Creeping fern has leathery dark green fronds.
Polystichum munitum Western sword fern; large, thick dark green fronds.
Potentilla glandulosa Soft green low leaves, yellow flowers on 8-12 inch stems.
Prunella vulgaris Matting, with dense heads of purple flowers. CA selection.
Prunus emarginata Suckering shrub with white flowers in spring, purple red fruits.
Prunus ilicifolia 8 feet+. Holly-leaf cherry. Shiny green leaves, white flowers.
Prunus ilicifolia var. lyonii Catalina cherry. 10-20 feet tall. Evergreen glossy leaves, white flowers.
Prunus virginiana var. demissa Western chokecherry. Thicketing shrub to 8-12 feet high. White flowers.
Pseudognaphalium californicum Erect perennial with aromatic green leaves and clusters of white papery flowers in summer.
Quercus agrifolia Coast live oak. 25 feet+. Toothed evergreen leaves.
Quercus berberidifolia Scrub oak, to 10 feet. Prickly evergreen leaves, shrub or tree.

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