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Drought Tolerant Plants

Below is a list of just a few drought tolerant trees, shrubs, and perennials that require less water once established. This is not a complete list. Remember that while these plants require less water, some watering will still be needed, and regular watering will be required during the first year or two after planting. In addition, you can reduce water needs by properly planting with soil conditioner to encourage good root development and applying mulch around your plants to reduce evaporation. ( * indicates California Native)

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TREES


Acacia baileyana
Acer macrophyllum
Acer negundo
*Aesculus californica(Buckeye)
Albizia(Silk Tree)
Arbutus(Strawberry Tree)
Calocedrus
Cercidium
Chitalpa
Cedrus atlantica
Cedrus deodora
Celtis sinensis(Hackberry)
Crataegus(Hawthorn)
Eriobotrya(Loquat)
Ginkgo biloba
Gleditsia(Honey Locust)
Grevillea robusta
Lagerstroemia(Crape Myrtle)
Morus alba(Mulberry)
Olea (Olive)
Pistacia(Chinese Pistache)
Pinus thunbergia
Prosopis chilensis
*Quercus(Oaks)
Rhus lancea
Robinia (Locust)
Schinus molle
Ulmus parvifolia
Zelkova serrata

romneya

SHRUBS


Abelia grandiflora
Agapanthus
Anisodontea
*Arctostaphylos(Manzanita)
Berberis(Barberry)
Buddleia(Butterfly Bush)
Callistemon
*Calycanthus occidentalis
*Carpenteria
*Ceanothus(California Lilac)
Chaenomeles
Cistus(Rock Rose)
Carpenteria

Cotoneaster
Euonymus
Forsythia
*Fremontodendron (pictured left)
Grevillea
Junipers
Lantana
Leucophyllum(Texas Ranger)
*Mahonia(Oregon Grape)
*Myrica californica
Myrtus communis
Nerium(Oleander)
Phormium
Photinia
Pinus mugho
Pittosporum
Plumbago capensis
Prunus caroliniana
Punica(Pomegranate)
*Rhamnus californica
Rhamnus alteranus
Rhaphiolepis
*Ribes species
Rosmarinus
Symphocarpus
Xylosma

PERENNIALS


*Achillea(Yarrow)
Arctotis
Artemesia
Centranthus(Jupiters Beard)
Convolvulus
Coreopsis
Echium
*Eriogonum
Erysimum(Wallflower)
Gaillardia
Geranium
Helianthemum
Helianthus
Kniphofia(Red-Hot Poker)
Lavender
Limonium(Statice)
Lotus(Parrots Beak)
Monarda
Penstemon
*Romneya
Rudbeckia
*Salvia(many species)
Santolina
Sanvitalia
Thymus
Verbena
*Zauschneria (epilobium)
kniphofia