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Ray Hartman Ceanothus - Ceanothus griseus X arboreus 'Ray Hartman'
Adaptable, fast, easy, dark blue flowered wild lilacs. Reach about 8-12 feet. Evergreen.
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Toyon - Heteromeles arbutifolia
What a plant! Dark, evergreen leaves, white summer flowers, and amazing bright red berries in December. One of the most important food plants for migrating birds in Calif. (an aviary on a stick!). Color is intense - will rival a bougainvillea in good years. Supposedly Hollywood was named after this plant. Older specimens can be pruned into trees.
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Lemonadeberry - Rhus integrifolia
Lemonadeberry is coastal, Sugarbush is for inland applications. Tough, easy, moderate growth rate with dense evergreen foliage. Can be sheared to form a beautiful hedge as well. Big plants - to 10 feet high by 15 feet wide unpruned.
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Louis Edmunds Manzanita - Arctostaphylos bakeri ssp. bakeri 'Louis Edmunds'
Series of 5-8 foot manzanitas (along with 'Sentinel', 'Mama Bear' and 'Baby Bear') that are all easy, fairly fast growing, nice flowers and berries, and with nice structure. All could be used for hiding a fence at the back of the landscape, as well as specimen plants in the middle.
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Sentinel Manzanita - Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel'
Series of 5-8 foot manzanitas (along with 'Louis Edmunds', 'Mama Bear' and 'Baby Bear') that are all easy, fairly fast growing, nice flowers and berries, and with nice structure. All could be used for hiding a fence at the back of the landscape, as well as specimen plants in the middle.
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Baby Bear Manzanita - Arctostaphylos densiflora x bakeri 'Baby Bear'
Series of 5-8 foot manzanitas (along with 'Sentinel', 'Louis Edmunds', and 'Mama Bear') that are all easy, fairly fast growing, nice flowers and berries, and with nice structure. All could be used for hiding a fence at the back of the landscape, as well as specimen plants in the middle.
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Baby Bear Manzanita - Arctostaphylos densiflora x bakeri 'Baby Bear'

Mama Bear Manzanita - Arctostaphylos densiflora x bakeri 'Mama Bear'
Series of 5-8 foot manzanitas (along with 'Sentinel', 'Louis Edmunds' and 'Baby Bear') that are all easy, fairly fast growing, nice flowers and berries, and with nice structure. All could be used for hiding a fence at the back of the landscape, as well as specimen plants in the middle.
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Austin Griffith Manzanita - Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Austin Griffith'
Relatively fast growing, beautifully structured, adaptable 10' manzanita with pretty pink flowers. Shows classic branching characteristic of larger manzanita.
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Frosty Blue Ceanothus - Ceanothus sp 'Frosty Blue'
Adaptable, fast, easy, dark blue flowered wild lilacs. Reach about 8-12 feet. Evergreen.
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Tassajara Blue Ceanothus - Ceanothus sp 'Tassajara Blue'
Adaptable, fast, easy, dark blue flowered wild lilacs. Reach about 8-12 feet. Evergreen.
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Island Mountain Mahogany - Cercocarpus alnifolius
Great narrow screening plant. 4'W by 8-12'H with evergreen leaves to the base - looks like a small birch. Drought tolerant, good sub for bamboo when you want to hide the neighbors and only have 3 feet to do it in!
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Sugarbush - Rhus ovata
Lemonadeberry is coastal, Sugarbush is for inland applications. Tough, easy, moderate growth rate with dense evergreen foliage. Can be sheared to form a beautiful hedge as well. Big plants - to 10 feet high by 15 feet wide unpruned.
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About the Author
Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor (C-27 No. 717147) who has been working with California native plants since 1985. His company has designed over 700 native landscapes in Southern California. Specialties include residential, commercial, and institutional landscapes that cover an array of garden styles while providing year round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance.
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