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Arctostaphylos — Manzanita Basics Download
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Manzanita, a Spanish word which translates to "little apple," named for its green and red berries, is one of the most attractive and recognizable members of the California flora.

Attractive Container Gardens Download
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Can you get a whole ecosystem to fit on your patio?  You can if you use your imagination and a little creativity.

Ceanothus - California Wild Lilac Download
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California Wild Lilac, Ceanothus, is one of the most popular native plants for landscapes. This group of evergreen woody shrubs is full of diversity, known for its deep green foliage and vibrant flowers.

Coastal Gardening Plant Selection Download
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Listed here are a selection of native plants that will thrive in your coastal garden and give it a sense of place.
Colorful Perennials Download
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These popular, colorful native perennials will add year-round interest and texture to your California garden.

Creating a Pollinator Garden Download
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Flowering plants and pollinating insects have evolved together over time, each depending on the other for survival and reproduction. By mimicking nature in your garden, you can attract these beneficial insects...

Deciduous Shrubs Download
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Using decidious shrubs in your landscape is an excellent way to dramatize the effects of the seasons and add depth and character to your garden.

Easy Summer Planting Download
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Can't wait until the fall to plant? This list highlights regional, Baja and desert plants that can tolerate being planted in the hot summer months.

Eriogonum — Wild Buckwheat Download
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The genus Eriogonum (air-ee-og-uh-num) is the largest in California. Almost 100 species are native to California and range from annuals to shrubs.

Fall / Winter Planting Download
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Here are a few things you can be thinking about and doing in your garden during the short days of Fall approaching Winter…

Five Senses Gardening Download
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Fragrant Natives Download
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As an adaptation to the arid climate in which they grow, many California native plants have high concentrations of oils that are very pleasantly fragrant.

Hard-Working Natives — Highly Efficient Plants that Perform Download
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The following is a list of native plants that you can put in the ground and virtually forget about except to enjoy their beauty and marvel at their efficiency.

How to Water Your Native Plants Download
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A few helpful tips for establishing native plants in your landscape.

Inland Plant Selection Download
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A selection native plants that will thrive in hot, inland gardens.
Intermediate Gardening Plant Selection Download
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These natives are perfect for intermediate gardens. Not sure if your garden qualifies as intermediate, than read on!
Native Edibles Download
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Native Grasses Download
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Need an attractive addition or accent for your landscape? Consider using some of the striking native grasses.

Native Groundcovers Download
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A selection of dependable, low-growing native groundcovers.

Native Plants for Dry Shade Download
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The perfect drought-tolerant, shade-loving California plants for that shady spot in your yard.

Native Plants for Native Bees Download
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This list highlights native plants that will attract and provide pollen and nectar year-round for our native California bees.

Native Plants for Slope Planting Download
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Nontraditional, highly effective techniques and native plant list for covering and stabilizing your slope.

Native Trees Download
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Looking for an appropriate street tree, an attractive shade tree, a flowering patio tree, or a stately specimen tree?

Natives For Basketry Download
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An informative summary of natives used by indigenous tribes.

Natives for Butterflies Download
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Includes plants that attract Monarchs, Tiger Swallowtails and even the state butterfly, the California Dogface!

Natives for Hummingbirds Download
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We interviewed some of Tree of Life’s resident Hummingbirds, and these are a few of their favorites!

Natives for Poolside Download
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Unique, colorful, tidy natives for surrounding backyard pools.

Natives for Screens Download
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In many landscape scenarios, a tall, dense shrub is necessary to provide a living barrier. The following is a list of drought tolerant, evergreen native plants with dense growth.

Natives for Songbirds Download
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Warblers, Towhees, Wrens, Waxwings, Robins, Thrashers, Finches, Sparrows, Thrushes, Kingbirds, Tanagers, Bluebirds, Orioles and Mockingbirds are all common and familiar songbirds that live in wilderness areas. Learn how you can attract and support common songbirds with native plants!
Naturalistic Plantings Download
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Create a truly inspiring setting right outside your door!

October — The Beginning of Planting Season Download
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Explains why California native plants are subject to seasonal planting.

Parkway and Parking Strip Plants Download
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These low-growing natives are perfect for parkways and parking strips.

Planting Natives Download
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When installing natives, care must be taken to ensure that the plants remain healthy and become "established." These are several strategies you can use to achieve good results.

Replace Your Lawn Download
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To cut back on your water bill, mowing, or give your yard a unique new look, a drought tolerant, native landscape is a rewarding,worthwhile alternative to the traditional lawn.

Replace Your Lawn: Kill the grass! Download
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Often the first step towards converting your lawn to a native plant garden is actually killing the grass.  This task can be as simple as turning off the water and digging up the roots to grow-kill cycles that can be daunting and require some patience.  In this article, we cover the bascis of identifying your grass, and coming up with an appropriate plan of attack.

Salvia — SAGE Download
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Aromatic foliage, brightly colored blossoms attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, fast growth and interesting forms make them good natives to include in any landscape.

Silver Highlights Download
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This list of native plants contains some of the most beautiful, drought-adapted native foliage available.

Summer Color Download
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Use this list to bring summer color to your garden!

Summer Planting Questions Download
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Can't wait until the fall to plant? Check out these frequently asked questions about summer planting to help ensure your summertime success.

Summer Water for Native Plants Download
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This guide gives you helpful tips on how to water you native garden through the summer.

The Basic 1-2-3 on Soils for Natives Download
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A basic rundown on California plants and the soils in which they grow.

The California Garden Download
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By surrounding ourselves with landscapes that reflect the true nature of our region, we embrace the unique character that makes California such a wonderful place to live. The California garden is tended nature in miniature...

The Non-Lawn Front Yard Download
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Think about it. What do you really use your front yard for? In fact, do you even use your front yard? Consider the no-lawn alternative if you have not already...

TOLN Dudleya Quick List Download
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Tree of Life Nursery's Suzie made a "quick list" of the Dudleya available at Tree of Life Nursery. Take a look!

Top Ten Tree of Life Natives Download
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Find out which plants are our top sellers so you can have the hottest natives in your yard!

Plant Profiles


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Abutilon palmeri, INDIAN MALLOW Download
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Acacia farnesiana, SWEET ACACIA Download
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Acacia greggii, CATCLAW ACACIA Download
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Achillea millefolium, YARROW Download
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Adenostoma ‘Nicolas,’PROSTRATE CHAMISE Download
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Agave shawii, SHAW'S AGAVE Download
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Ambrosia pumila, SAN DIEGO AMBROSIA Download
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Amorpha fruticosa, FALSE INDIGOBUSH Download
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Antigonon leptopus, SAN MIGUEL CORAL VINE Download
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Arct GlauArctostaphylos glauca, BIG BERRY MANZANITA Download
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Arctostaphylos ‘John Dourley’ Download
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Arctostaphylos ‘Lester Rowntree’, MANZANITA Download
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Arctostaphylos edmundsii, LITTLE SUR MANZANITA Download
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Arctostaphylos refugioensis, REFUGIO MANZANITA Download
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Argemone corymbosa, PRICKLY POPPY Download
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Aristida purpurea, PURPLE THREE-AWN Download
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Artemisia ludoviciana, SILVER WORMWOOD Download
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Asclepias fascicularis, NARROW-LEAF MILKWEED Download
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Baccharis pilularis consanguinea, COYOTEBUSH Download
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Betula fontinalis, WATER BIRCH Download
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Calliandra californica, BAJA FAIRY DUSTER Download
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Calycanthus occidentalis, WESTERN SPICEBUSH Download
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Calystegia macrostegia ‘Anacapa Pink,’ ISLAND MORNING GLORY Download
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Camissonia cheiranthifolia, BEACH EVENING PRIMROSE Download
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Carpenteria californica, BUSH ANEMONE Download
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Ceanothus ‘Concha’ Download
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Ceanothus ‘Kurt Zadnick’, WILD LILAC Download
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Ceanothus ‘WHEELER CANYON’ Download
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Ceanothus spinosus, GREEN BARK CEANOTHUS Download
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Cercidium floridum, BLUE PALO VERDE Download
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Cercis occidentalis, WESTERN REDBUD Download
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Cercocarpus betuloides, MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY Download
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Chilopsis linearis, DESERT WILLOW Download
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Chrysopsis villosa, GOLDEN ASTER Download
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Cleome isomeris, BLADDERPOD Download
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Comarostaphylis diversifolia, SUMMER HOLLY Download
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Dendromecon harfordii, ISLAND TREE POPPY Download
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Dendromecon rigida, BUSH POPPY Download
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Deschampsia caespitosa, TUFTED HAIRGRASS Download
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Dudleya hassei, SANTA CATALINA DUDLEYA Download
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Dudleya lanceolata, LANCE-LEAF DUDLEYA Download
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Encelia californica, COAST SUNFLOWER Download
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Ericameria cuneata, COMPACT GOLDENBUSH Download
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Eriogonum cinereum, ASHY LEAF BUCKWHEAT Download
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Eriogonum crocatum, CONEJO BUCKWHEAT Download
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Eriogonum fasciculatum CULTIVARS Download
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Eriogonum fasciculatum, CALIFORNIA BUCKWHEAT Download
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Eriogonum giganteum, ST. CATHERINE’S LACE Download
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Eriogonum grande rubescens, RED BUCKWHEAT Download
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Eriogonum umbellatum, SULFUR BUCKWEAT Download
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Eriophyllum confertiflorum, GOLDEN YARROW Download
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Eschscholzia californica, CALIFORNIA POPPY Download
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Fragaria californica, WOODLAND STRAWBERRY Download
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Fremontodendron ‘California Glory’, FLANNELBUSH Download
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Fremontodendron californica, FLANNELBUSH Download
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Helianthemum scoparium, SUN ROSE Download
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Heteromeles arbutifolia, TOYON Download
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Heuchera hybrids, CORAL BELLS Download
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Heuchera maxima, GIANT ALUMROOT Download
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Holodiscus discolor, OCEAN SPRAY Download
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Iris douglasiana, DOUGLAS IRIS Download
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Iva hayesiana, SAN DIEGO MARSH ELDER Download
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Juglans californica, SO. CAL. BLACK WALNUT Download
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Juncus species, COMMON RUSH Download
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Justicia californica, CHUPAROSA Download
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Lessingia californica, CARMEL ASTER Download
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Linum lewisii, BLUE FLAX Download
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Lotus scoparius, DEER WEED Download
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Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius, FERNLEAF CATALINA IRONWOOD Download
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Mahonia ‘Golden Abundance’, HYBRID OREGON GRAPE Download
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Mahonia nevinii, NEVIN’S BARBERRY Download
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Malacothamnus fasciculatus, CHAPARRAL MALLOW Download
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Malosma laurina, LAUREL SUMAC Download
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Mimulus aurantiacus, STICKY MONKEYFLOWER Download
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Mimulus cardinalis, SCARLET MONKEYFLOWER Download
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Mimulus guttatus, GOLDEN MONKEYFLOWER Download
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Mirabilis bigelovii, DESERT FOUR O’CLOCK Download
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Mirabilis californica, WISHBONE BUSH Download
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Monardella linoides viminea, SAN DIEGO WILLOWY MINT Download
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Monardella macrantha, SCARLET COYOTE MINT Download
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Monardella odoratissima, MOUNTAIN COYOTE MINT Download
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Muhlenbergia rigens, DEERGRASS Download
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Myrica californica, PACIFIC WAX MYRTLE Download
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Nassella species, NEEDLEGRASS Download
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Nolina parryi, PARRY'S NOLINA Download
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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia, BAJA BIRD BUSH Download
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Parkinsonia aculeata, MEXICAN PALO VERDE Download
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Penstemon heterophyllus, FOOTHILL PENSTEMON Download
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Penstemon palmeri, PALMER’S PENSTEMON Download
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Penstemon spectabilis, SHOWY PENSTEMON Download
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Philadelphus lewisii, WILD MOCK ORANGE Download
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Platanus racemosa, WESTERN SYCAMORE Download
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Populus fremontii, FREMONT COTTONWOOD Download
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Prunus ilicifolia, HOLLYLEAF CHERRY Download
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Prunus lyonii, CATALINA CHERRY Download
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Quercus agrifolia, COAST LIVE OAK Download
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Quercus engelmannii, MESA OAK Download
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Rhamnus ‘Bonita Linda’, COFFEEBERRY Download
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Rhamnus californica, CALIFORNIA COFFEEBERRY Download
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Rhus integrifolia, LEMONADE BERRY Download
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Wildflower Mixes


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All Mixes — Overview Download
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Now all in one place, view all of the seed mixes and what plants are included in each one.  Download the pdf, which can also be found on page 43 of our catalog.

Beach Mix Download
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Butterfly Mix Download
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Desert Mix Download
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Foothill Mix Download
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Meadow Mix Download
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Mountain Mix Download
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Nature Mix Download
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Shade Mix Download
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Trail of Flowers Download
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