Commercial & Residential

Landscaping Shrub Selection

Shrubs are an instrumental part of every garden’s ecosystem. They provide shade, improve soil stability, enhance air quality and create habitats for all types of wildlife. Of course, shrubs and small trees are also beautiful to look at, especially when you choose varieties that add seasonal interest to your landscape.

Shrub

Arctostaphylos spp (Manzanita)

Mature Height
6ft. – 20ft.
Mature Width
10 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
18
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Plants vary from creeping groundcover to treelike shrubs. A. densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ is one of the most garden tolerant manzanitas and is native to Sonoma County. Remove dead or twiggy branches.

Shrub

Artemisia californica (California sagebrush)

Mature Height
1ft. – 8ft.
Mature Width
4 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
19
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

‘Canyon Gray’ and ‘Montara’ are superior selections.

Shrub

Ceanothus spp and cvs (California lilac)

Mature Height
1ft. – 3ft.
Mature Width
3 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
20
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

The most drought tolerant and deer resistant have small, dark green, crinkly leaves. Those with larger glossy foliage benefit from summer irrigation and shade inland. Remove dead or twiggy branches.

Shrub

Dendromecon harfordii (island bush poppy)

Mature Height
3.5ft. – 20ft.
Mature Width
8 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
21
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Needs excellent drainage, commonly found in the Channel and Catalina Islands. First two years of plant life can resist hotter surface temperatures unattended but after two years must be trimmed 1x / Month to preserve life. Blooms between early spring to early fall.

Shrub

Dendromecon rigida (bush poppy)

Mature Height
3ft. – 10ft.
Mature Width
2ft. – 8 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
22
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Tough, Resilient plant, best planted on rocky clay slopes, with excellent draining support (handles supplementary water up to a month), growth expansion is seen to be solitary and terminal. Blooming occurs late winter to mid-spring

Shrub

Encelia californica (coast sunflower)

Mature Height
1.5ft. – 5ft.
Mature Width
3ft. – 7 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
23
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

So-Cal native shrub, with expansive bushy sprawl. Blooms between early spring and mid-summer. Fast growing and can be resilient if provided the appropriate moisture. Growth can chock out nearby plant life if unattended.

Shrub

Eriogonum giganteum (St. Catherine’s lace)

Mature Height
1.5ft. – 5ft.
Mature Width
4ft. – 10 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
24
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Excellent native habitat plant. Best with some summer water.

Shrub

Fremontodendron spp (flannel bush)

Mature Height
6ft. – 20ft.
Mature Width
20 ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
25
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Foliage can be very irritating to the skin. Young plants require staking.

Shrub

Garrya elliptica (coast silk-tassel)

Mature Height
7ft. – 20ft.
Mature Width
7ft. – 16ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
26
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Has dramatic winter catskins. Can be pruned to control size and shape. For large garden only.

Shrub

Heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon, California holly)

Mature Height
6ft. – 30ft.
Mature Width
10ft. – 15ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
27
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Excellent fall/winter interest. Usually grown as a shrub but can reach tree size.

Shrub

Holodiscus discolor (cream bush, ocean spray)

Mature Height
3ft. – 16ft.
Mature Width
10ft. – 15ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
28
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

A pacific northwest native shrub known for a sweet welcoming smell and can grow if under windy conditions. Blooms between early summer and early fall, requires pruning for a “tame” look.

Shrub

Lavatera [Malva] assurgentiflora (tree or island or mission)

Mature Height
10ft. – 12ft.
Mature Width
6ft. – 8ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
29
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Shear to keep dense.

Shrub

Lepechinia spp (pitcher sage)

Mature Height
6ft.
Mature Width
8ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
30
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Found in mountainous costal areas in SO-Cal, this plant requires Soil of adequate moisture, this plant has yet to be adapted as an endangered plant by State and Federal government. Requires little irrigation if soil type is correct.

Shrub

Lupinus albifrons (Silver bush lupine)

Mature Height
3ft. – 5ft.
Mature Width
2ft. – 3ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
31
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Perennial shrub. Light blue to violet flower. Leaves silver with feathery texture. Prefers full sun, good drainage. Incredibly attractive to bees

Shrub

Mimulus [Diplacus] aurantiacus and hybrids (Sticky monkey flower)

Mature Height
4ft. – 5ft.
Mature Width
5ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
32
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Woody-based perennial. Thin out twiggy growth; cut back annually to emerging buds on woody base. Pollinated by bees & hummingbirds.

Shrub

Philadelphus lewisii (wild mock orange, western mock orange)

Mature Height
5ft. – 12ft.
Mature Width
6ft. – 12ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
33
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Remove dead interior branches.  Full sun to partial shade. Tolerant of wide variety of conditions. Great for shrub borders, flower hedges.

Shrub

Physocarpus capitatus (Pacific ninebark)

Mature Height
3ft. – 8ft.
Mature Width
8ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
34
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Dense deciduous shrub. Needs part shade in inland areas. Extensive root system is useful for retaining soil on slopes. Numerous pollinator insects are attracted to flower.

Shrub

Prunus ilicifolia (Holly leaf cherry)

Mature Height
30ft. – 49ft.
Mature Width
20ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
35
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Evergreen shrub or small tree with dense, sclerophyllous foliage.

Shrub

Rhamnus [Frangula] californica (coffeeberry)

Mature Height
6ft. – 15ft.
Mature Width
5ft. – 15ft.
Color
Varity
Product Number
37
Sun
Shade
Life Span
Deer Resistant
Frost Resistant
Growth Rate
Flammability

Description:

Dense evergreen. Fruit valued by birds. Flower color: Cream, Green, White.