Native Plants with Evergreen Oaks

An existing mature native oak is a treasure for your home and landscape. Any change to an existing oak’s environment is a gamble, some trees will survive and others will not. Remember to plant as far from the dripline as possible and never plant in the spring or summer when watering during the hot, dry weather will be required.

Some of the perennials that do well near oaks are coral bells, such as Heuchera maxima, H. ‘Opal’ and H. ‘Wendy’, Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana), California fescue (Festuca californica), and California melic (Melica imperfecta). Shrubs that are found in oak woodlands include barberry (Berberis (Mahonia) spp.), silktassel (Garrya elliptica), holly-leaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica) and toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia).

 

Plant Name

 

Perennials

Common Name

 

 

Aquilegia formosa

Heuchera hybrids

Heuchera maxima

Heuchera micrantha

Juncus patens

Salvia spathacea

Satureja douglasii

Thalictrum fendleri ssp. polycarpum

 

Vines

Aristolochia californica (vine, groundcover)

Clematis lasiantha

Keckiella cordifolia (vining shrub)

Symphorocarpus albus

 

Ferns

Dryopterus arguta

Polypodium californicum

Pteridium aquilinum

Woodwardia fimbriata

 

Grasses

Festuca californica

Leymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’

Melica imperfecta

 

Shrub

Heteromeles arbutifolia

Mahonia ‘Golden Abundance’

Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium compacta

Mahonia nevinii

Mahonia pinnata

Mahonia repens

Prunus ilicifolia

Rhamnus californica

Rhamnus crocea

Ribes malvaceum

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum

Ribes speciosum

Ribes viburnifolium

Rosa californica

Venegasia carpesioides

 

Geophyte 

Iris douglasiana

western columbine

coral bells

island alumroot

alumroot

rush

hummingbird sage

yerba buena

meadow rue

 

 

dutchman’s pipe

pipestems

bush penstemon

snowberry

 

 

wood fern

polypody fern

bracken

giant chain fern

 

 

California fescue

Canyon Prince ryegrass

melic, oniongrass

 

 

toyon

Golden Abundance barberry

Oregon grape

Compacta Oregon grape

Nevin’s barberry

Californica barberry

creeping barberry

holly-leaf cherry

coffeeberry

redberry

chaparral currant

red flowering currant

fuchsia flowering gooseberry

evergreen currant

California wild rose

canyon sunflower

 

 

Douglas iris