En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - May 14, 2010

From: Livermore, CA
Region: California
Topic: Trees
Title: Native trees for Alameda County, California
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I looking for trees native to my area to plant on my property. I am located in Livermore CA.

ANSWER:

You can find commercially available native plants in our California—Northern Recommended list.  If you use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option, you can select 'Tree' from the GENERAL APPEARANCE box.  You could also make choices in other areas, such as SOIL MOISTURE and  LIGHT REQUIREMENT.  Here are a few possibilities that are native to Alameda County:

Cercis orbiculata (California redbud)

Cercocarpus montanus var. glaber (birchleaf mountain mahogany)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (redosier dogwood)

Quercus agrifolia (California live oak)

Umbellularia californica (California laurel)

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Port Orford cedar) and here are photos and more information

You can find more possibilites on the California—Northern Recommended page and you can check for their nativity to Alameda County by scrolling down to ADDITIONAL RESOURCES on the species page and choosing the USDA link.  On the USDA page for the species, click on the California map and you will see the counties where the species occurs naturally.

Here are photos from our Image Gallery:


Cercis orbiculata

Cercocarpus montanus var. glaber

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea

Quercus agrifolia

Umbellularia californica

 

 

More Trees Questions

Spacing for a Desert Willow Tree in California
July 07, 2016 - How close to a house can I plant a desert willow tree?
view the full question and answer

Is oak leucanium an invasive species in Texas from Laredo TX
April 02, 2013 - Is Parthenolecanium quercifex considered an invasive species in Texas? Does this insect attach itself to redbuds? I spotted and removed from my small 5ft Texas Redbud last year. It seems that it has ...
view the full question and answer

Trees and other plants for privacy along lake shoreline
March 09, 2013 - We are purchasing a new home that has a 2 acre lake. We would like to add some plants/trees for privacy around the shore line. Can you suggest something that would fill in nicely and is strong enoug...
view the full question and answer

How close can I plant Mountain Laurels to my house in Austin, TX?
December 08, 2010 - Hello, I'm interested in planting 2 or 3 Texas Mountain Laurels on the side of my house and I'm wondering just how close is safe. I've been told that planting trees too close can damage the slab f...
view the full question and answer

Need fast growing deciduous trees for Austin, TX
February 14, 2015 - We'd like to plant several fast growing deciduous trees in a full sun yard with a hard alkaline soil in the western edge of Travis Heights in South Austin. I've noted several locations in our neighb...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center