UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Monthly Tip

Ornamental Shrubs and Trees

Tip description
Spring is when thoughts turn to planting, yet fall is an excellent time to plant perennials. You can plant many trees, shrubs, and other long-lasting plants in fall. This applies particularly well to California native plants. Putting them in now will give them a chance to start developing strong root systems with the winter rains before they are stressed by summer heat. Developing a healthy root system early in the life of a plant is important for long-term success.
 
When choosing plants, consider our general Mediterranean climate as well as the microclimate of your yard. Sun times, water needs, wind exposure, and soil type can all impact the success of a plant. Make sure you know how large the plant will become, even if it looks fine now in a one-gallon or five-gallon container.
 
More Information: Tree Selection Guide
Months applicable
  • September
  • October
  • November
Category
  • 2. What to plant

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