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Want to go native? Find the best selection of indigenous species for the diverse State of California here at Nature Hills Nursery! Ranging from USDA growing zones 5 in the mountains and northern parts of the state to hardiness zone 11 in the south, California has a wide range of biomes!
Choosing native trees for your State means you will know your tree will thrive where it is well suited to climate and soil because they originated there! Native selections establish faster and tolerate local growing zones, climate, weather, and anything else your State can throw at them! Plus you’ll feed pollinators, songbirds, and wildlife by providing them with a tree they recognize!
Best California Native Trees
California has a vastly wide range of topography! From mountainous to coastal to desert, California has it all! First, find your Hardiness Zone, and then choose any tree that has a range that includes yours! Check with your local County Extension Office for more information if needed and for the many microclimates within these zones.
The California Redwood Tree is the State Tree of California and along with California Lilacs and California Privets, you have a wide range of natives to choose from for your landscape!
Best Evergreen Trees For California
These California Native Evergreen Trees keep their leaves year-round for privacy.
Douglas Fir Trees
Pacific Wax Myrtle Tree
Sitka Spruce like Papoose
The Best Flowering Trees to Grow in California
Feed pollinators and hummingbirds nectar and pollen they evolved alongside in your State!
Western Redbud Tree
Ray Hartman California Lilac
Pacific Wax Myrtle
Whiteleaf Manzanita Tree
What Are Good Shade Trees in California?
California can have some warm summer temperatures but snow in the winter, so a shade tree helps beat cooling costs and gives your backyard lush relief from the sun!
Native Box Elder
Quaking Aspen (northern and higher elevations only)
Desert Willow Tree
Coast Redwood like Aptos Blue
Vine Maple Tree
Native Fruit & Nut Trees in California
We love edible landscaping trees that look great and feed you! Feed wildlife and songbirds as well! California does have the corner market for western-grown Citrus, Dates, Nut Trees, and Olives because of the Mediterranean climate in many parts of the state.
Downy & Saskatoon Serviceberry (Western Shadbush)
Much Needed Natives!
Whether you are adding shade or flowers, privacy, or a long-lasting legacy to your landscape, Nature Hills is here to help you find the perfect tree for your California garden!
Help keep your State's native biodiversity intact by planting trees native to your area! Nature Hills is committed to helping you preserve your State’s unique beauty with plants and trees that are sure to do well in your garden without impacting your native flora and fauna!