Decorating with fresh greenery is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions.

Gathering Greenery

Please be responsible when gathering greenery. Make sure you are not trespassing on private property or violating state plant-protection laws.

With a little planning your own landscape can be a great place to look for holiday greenery. When gathering live greenery from your shrubs and trees, remember that you are actually pruning the plants. Consider carefully which branches to cut and which ones to leave. Distribute the cuts evenly around the plant in order to preserve its natural form.

Grow Native Nursery
Nursery webpage

Give the nursery staff a call for information about our current inventory of cut greens and plants to add to your landscape.
Grow Native Nursery Claremont (909) 625-8767 ext. 404
Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden (424) 234-0481

Pruning Guidance
Native Plant Clinics

Please visit our free monthly Native Plant Clinic for insights into the careful skill of plant pruning.

Safety Considerations

Dried evergreens can become flammable when in contact with a heat source such as a candle flame. Keep fresh greenery away from all heat sources.

Make sure that any wreaths, roping and garlands that you bring indoors are as fresh as possible. Check needles by bending them. They should be flexible and not break. Avoid greenery that are shedding or that have brown, dry tips. Before bringing the greenery inside, soak them in water overnight to rehydrate them.

Try to keep plants out of the reach of children and curious pets.


Below are some suggested varieties to use in holiday decorating.  


Plant Name



Common Name


Living Trees

Cupressus arizonica

Pseudotsuga macrocarpa

Abies bracteata * (may require irrigation)

Juniperus californica

Pinus coulteri 

Abies grandis* (may require irrigation)

Pinus sabiniana

Calocedrus decurrens*(may require irrigation)

Pinus attenuata* (may require irrigation)

Juniperus occidentalis var. occidentalis* (may require irrigation)

Pinus quadrifolia

Sequoia sempervirens* (may require irrigation)

Cupressus abramsiana

Juniperus occidentalis var. australis * (may require irrigation)

Pinus monophylla

Pinus torreyana

Juniperus osteosperma

Thuja plicata* (may require irrigation)

Abies concolor* (may require irrigation)


Decorative berries, foliage, floral displays

Mahonia spp.

Rhus integrifolia

Arbutus menziesii

Rhus ovata

Heteromeles arbutifolia


Succulent wreaths

Dudleya ssp.

Sedum ssp.



Arizona Cypress

Big Cone Douglas Fir

Bristlecone Fir

California Juniper

Coulter Pine

Grand Fir

Gray Pine

Incense Cedar

Knobcone Pine

Oregon Western Juniper

Parry Pinyon Pine


Santa Cruz Cypress

Sierra Western Juniper

Singleaf Pinyon Pine

Torrey Pine

Utah Juniper

Western Red Cedar

White Fir



Barberry (holly-like foliage)


Madrone ( berries)

Sugar bush (foliage, flower buds)

Toyon (berries) (note: it is illegal to harvest this in some places)



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