SMWD SustainaBlue Plants


SMWD SustainaBlue Landscapes features an interactive garden gallery and plant database to help you figure out how best to implement a sustainable landscape!  Find inspirational designs, beautiful plants, and landscape design assistance.  

SustainaBlue Plants



SMWD SustainaBlue Plant List:  Download our SMWD SustainaBlue Plant List which features easy-to-find plants to transform your landscape.  The list includes plant links to our SustainaBlue Landscapes website!





Plant Resources

SMWD SustainaBlue Landscapes

Free Landscape Designs with Plant Lists

Sunset Magazine's 21 Lawn-Free Yards

UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars

Eco-Friendly Landscape Design Plans

Avoid Planting Invasive Plants!

Tree of Life Nursery Planting Guide

Las Pilitas Nursery Guide: When to Plant CA Natives

Nurseries that feature low water use plants

How to Care for Trees During Drought

December 2016


Heteromeles arbutifolia

Height: 8' to 15'

Width: 10' to 15'

Bloom: White flowers in summer

Seeds: Red berries in winter

Water: Drought tolerant 

Exposure: Full to part sun

*Fun Fact:

Hollywood may have been named after this plant!

Looking for some holiday cheer in your landscape? Plant a Toyon! Also known as Christmas Berry or California Holly, this CA native has white blooms in the summer that attract bees and butterflies, and brilliant clusters of red berries in the winter that are irresistible to songbirds. Its smooth gray branches hold large, leathery oblong leaves that are serrated on the edges. Since Toyon is drought tolerant, water sparingly in the summer once established, and allow the soil to dry out a few inches deep between watering. Tolerant of sun or shade, Toyon is a large evergreen shrub that is a great foundation plant for any landscape, and can even be pruned into a small tree. Its deep roots make it a strong choice for erosion control and slope stabilization. Plant Toyon as a screen, a backdrop, or as an accent. Enjoy its green leaves year-long, and beautiful seasonality through the holidays!

 *Photos courtesy of Plant Master and Las Pilitas Nursery.


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Growing CA Native Plants


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