Category Archives: Shrubs

Huckleberry Oak

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Huckleberry oaks (Quercus vacciniifolia) are prostrate to low shrubs. They can be spreading or erect, growing up to 5 feet in height. These evergreen shrubs grow on cliffs, ridges, rocky slopes and shallow soils, including serpentine soils, in montane and … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Pacific Rhododendron

This gallery contains 9 photos.

The genus Rhododendron contains over 800 tree and shrub species worldwide. Of these, 21 are native to North America and 2 are native to California. In my last post, “Western Azalea” on 09-28-18, I discussed a Rhododendron native to California. … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Western Azalea

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Western azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) is an erect, multi-stemmed, loosely branched shrub that grows up to 10 feet in height. A native member of the Heath Family, western azalea grows in the moist coniferous forests of California and Oregon up to … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bog Laurel

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Kalmia polifolia has many common names: bog laurel, swamp laurel, bog kalmia, mountain laurel and alpine laurel, among others. I always called this native shrub (also often listed as a wildflower) bog laurel and will continue to do so. Additionally, … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blue Blossom

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Cal Flora lists 83 Ceanothus species and subspecies in California. Many members of this genus are so difficult to separate from each other that I often do not even attempt to do so. Blue blossom (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus) is one that … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Salmonberry

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Salmonberries (Rubus spectabilis) are very watery and, I believe, are best eaten directly off the stem. Leonard and I recently enjoyed nibbling salmonberries while hiking the Carruthers Cove Trail in California’s Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Salmonberries are not particularly … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Red Elderberry

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Since flowers and fruits usually do not occur concurrently, red elderberry is another plant to which Leonard and I will need to return in the fall to photograph fruits. Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) is a shrub or tree-like shrub that … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment