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Botanical Society of Washington Smithsonian Institution; Dept. of Botany

Bladder-Pod Beeplant

Also known as Bladderpod. A shrub that grows to 5 feet high and 6 feet wide. It produces yellow flowers, followed by fruits that become hollow when dried. It can tolerate poor soil conditions and is drought tolerant. 

Corky-Stem Passion-Flower

A low-climbing vine or informal groundcover sporting intricate green flowers, followed by dark purple fruit. An important host plant for native butterflies.


Common Chamise

A shrub that grows up to 10 feet high and 6 feet wide. It produces small, white flowers during the summer followed by bird-friendly seeds. It is drought tolerant and can tolerate full sun. 

Vine Maple

A multi-stemmed understory shrub or small tree with sprawling branches that reroot, sometimes forming a clump or thicket. Usually reaching about 20 feet in height, Vine Maple bears wine-red flowers in spring and provides fall color. 

Evergreen Blueberry

Also known as Evergreen Huckleberry, California Huckleberry. This small- to medium-sized evergreen shrub bears light pink, bell-shaped flowers followed by blue-black berries popular with songbirds in late summer. 

Tree Sparkle-Berry

Also known as Farkleberry. The largest blueberry species in North America, this large shrub or small tree normally grows 8-10 feet tall and wide, though large specimens can reach dimensions of up to 30 feet. It's twisting branches bear white, bell-shaped flowers followed by shiny black berries.


Also known at California Bay Laurel. An evergreen tree that can grow up to 60 feet high and 30 feet wide. It produces white/cream flowers March through May, following by fruit. It is drought tolerant and can tolerate sun and shade. 

American Elm

A medium to large deciduous tree, typically growing to 60 to 80 feet tall with a vase-shaped, broad-rounded crown; both its seeds and leaf buds are eaten by birds. Once a very common American forest and street tree admired for its stately habit, the vast majority of American Elms were devastated by the introduction of Dutch elm disease in the 1930s. Ask your nursery about disease-resistant American Elm varieties.