Native California Shrubs Offer Water Wise Shade

Whether you’re looking for a native shrubs to reduce your water usage or protect your overall landscaping from water evaporation, you may find the following California shrubs interesting. If you really want to add that perfect touch to your water-conserving yard, create borders and wind/privacy screens using native California shrubs.

These shrubs — particularly if you use ones that are native to your micro-climate — can hang on without receiving a lot of water, and they grow relatively fast.

Take a look and let us know which you think might work for your landscaping project.

Toyon

Heteromeles arbutifolia, also called toyon berry and California holly, is a rambling shrub found all over the state.

Bright red berries in winter give it its holly-like appearance, even though it isn’t related to the classic Christmas holly. The berries attract lots of birds. This plant would not be good for a home where there are children who like to put everything in their mouths because the berries in raw form are not safe. (Native American tribes used several special — and rather extensive — preparation methods to make the berries edible and safe for humans.) However, for homes where that’s not an issue, the shrub can form a nicely shabby rambling border.

Wart-Stemmed Ceanothus

Southern California gardens, especially in the western halves of San Diego and Orange County, can try planting Ceanothus verrucosus, a white lilac that is native to the hillside areas. It can grow to about 8 feet in height, and as the description implies, it shows off many clusters of white flowers.

Deer tend not to like the plant, so if you’re near a semi-rural or rural zone, this could be an excellent addition to your garden.

Oregon Grape

Mahonia aquifolium, despite the name, thrives in Northern California gardens as well as in colder areas in Southern California, like mountain communities. The plant is easy to care for and only a deer attractant if there are many deer around competing for food. The plant does produce edible grapes that are best used in preparations like jelly, rather than as table grapes.

Surround these and other shrubs with more drought-resistant plantings or artificial turf. The more conservation-friendly you can make your garden, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the plants.

(ASTM D5848) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 91.10 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 60.41 oz/yd²
Primary Backing Weight: 8.01 oz/yd²
Secondary Backing Weight: 22.68 oz/yd²

(ASTM D5793) – Stitch Count & Gauge
Result: 3.66 Stiches per inch | 1/2” Gauge

(ASTM D1335) Average Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 13.5 lbs/force

(ASTM D5034) – Average Grab Tear
Average Grab Tear-Length, MD: 278 lbs/force
Average Grab Tear-Width, CMD: 258 lbs/force

(ASTM D2859) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  | Meets 16CFR 1630

(ASTM F355-16e) – Gmax
Result: Gmax 138 / HIC 433

(EN 12616) – Permeability, Infiltrometer
Result: 57.0 inches / hr

(ASTM D3218) – Average Yarn Filament Thickness
Result: Mono 309 microns | 101 microns

(ASTM D2256) – Avg. Yarn Breaking Strength, Elongation
Result: Mono 21.4 lbs / force | Slit 14.9 lbs / force

(ASTM D1907) – Yarn Denier
Result: Mono 10950 | Slit 4789

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 70.65 oz/yd²  |  STC Standard 40 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 35.43 oz/yd²  |  STC Standard +/- 10%

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 6.8 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.73 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 112.1 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80991H-01) – USGA Stimp Meter
Result: 8.5 Feet

(80991G-01) – Lisport, 1000 cycles

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 105.76 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 75.35 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.5 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 264.1 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 99.54 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 69.68 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.5 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 320.9 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 99.54 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 69.68 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.5 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 320.9 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 99.54 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 69.68 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.5 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 320.9 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 83.66 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 49.20 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.8 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 331.3 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 83.66 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 49.20 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.8 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 331.3 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 67.99 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 37.84 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 11.3 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.68 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 19.6 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 9
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80991H-01) – USGA Stimp Meter
Result: 7.92 Ft. | 8.08 ft.

(80991G-01) – Lisport, 1000 cycles

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 44.80 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 25.03 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 7.8 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/force

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 34.6 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 63.43 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 41.35 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 9.5 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/force

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 80.6 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect

(80993G) – Lisport

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 96.59 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 67.19 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.4 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/force

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 89.8 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 109.22 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 79.84 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 11.5 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 41.4 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTMD 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 83.82 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 56.67 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.3 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 44.7 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 71.58 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 42.78 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 15.9 lbs/force |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 69.2 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(FULL TESTING SUMMARY)

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 56.44 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 32.01 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 10.1 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 65.7 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 10 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect

(80993G) – Lisport

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 79.80 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 50.12 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 15.9 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/force

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 69.2 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 93 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 58.78 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 15.9 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/force

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 69.2 in/hr | STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Negligible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport

Full Testing Summary

(ASTM D 5848-20) – Product Weight
Total Product Weight: 96.94 oz/yd²
Pile Yarn Weight: 65.07 oz/yd²

(ASTM D1335-17e1) Tuft Bind Strength
Result: 14.0 lbs/force  |  STC Standard: 6.8 lbs/forceg

(ASTM F2765-14) – Lead Content
Result:  <0.5 mg/Kg  |  STC Standard: <100 mg/Kg

(ASTM D2859-16) – Pill Flammability
Result: 8 out of 8 Pass  |  STC Standard: 7 out of 8 Pass

(ASTM F1551-09) – Water Permeability
Result: 70.3 in/hr |STC Standard: Greater than 10 in/hr

(ASTM G154-16) – UV
Result: Color: 9 / Texture: 10
Ratings are on a grade scale of 1-10; 10 = Neglibible or No Effect, 9 = Very Slight

(80993G) – Lisport