California Chaparral: Fruit Producing Trees

Photo © Miguel Vieira

Native fruit-producing trees and shrubs are essential components of diverse habitats. With a little space, these regionally-appropriate plants make excellent additions to most sites. Even better, wildlife visitors–from the smallest pollinators to mammals–will use these trees for food and shelter.

Big Berry Manzanita

Photo © CountryMouse13

Above: Big-berry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)
Description: Members of the heath family, most of these species are shrubs with some reaching a small tree size.
Bloom: White urn-shaped flowers emerge in the spring and produce red berries in the fall.
Wildlife: Native bees, pollinators, hummingbirds, and songbirds.

Birch Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Photo © Mojave Wildflowers

Above: Birch-leaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)
Description: This drought tolerant shrub or small tree grows to about 8-20 feet, preferring rocky or sandy soils where it fixes nitrogen.
Bloom: Flowers produce feathery seed-heads and white fruit in the late summer or fall.
Wildlife: Deer, Western Sheep Moth and Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak Butterfly, songbirds and warblers.

Pacific Crabapple

Photo © James Gaither

Above: Pacific Crabapple (Malus Fusca)
Description: This tree grows to be 15-30 feet tall and prefers damp coastal forests.
Bloom: In the spring whitish pink flowers develop, then ripen to purplish black fruit in late summer.
Wildlife: Native bees and pollinators, small mammals, American Robins, Northern Mockingbirds, Bobwhites, Cedar Waxwings, Purple Finch, Red-headed Woodpecker, Common Flicker, Gray Catbirds, Evening Grosbeak, and Pine Grosbeak.

Add it to your map

Placing and IDing your trees and shrubs.
First, add your trees and shrubs as objects to your map by selecting the Toolshed and Second.


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Then, make sure to complete the characteristics by clicking on the green Info window. First identify your plant under Basic Information. If you enter the common or scientific name in the second bar, this will connect to the USDA plant database. Select the name that correlates to your plant.


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Then, complete the characteristics by telling us about the features of this specific tree or shrub.


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Other regional fruit tree recommendations:
Rocky Mountains
Pacific Mixed Forest
Northeast and Midwest

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