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Tuesday - September 15, 2009

From: Santa Cruz, CA
Region: California
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Looking for Vitis californica
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am trying to find two Vitus Californica "Walker Ridge" to plant on a trellis. I live in Santa Cruz, CA and am unable to locate a source for this plant and my local nurseries haven't had any luck either. I know it exists, how can I find two to buy?

ANSWER:

Here are 3 nurseries in your general area that specialize in native plants.  I suggest contacting them to see if they have it or have an idea about where to find it:

Bay Natives in San Francisco

Yerba Buena Nursery in Woodside

Las Pilitas, in Escondido and Santa Margarita, is further afield but has a large inventory of and great information about native plants.

You can also visit our National Suppliers Directory to look for other nurseries in your area that might carry the plant. 


 

 

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