Sacramento Landscaping: Recommended Evergreen Shrubs & Trees

There are many different strategies to create an amazing landscape. Some people import everything from other countries and do whatever it takes to make their vision a reality. These types of landscapes may be more in line with how you pictured your property, but may require more upkeep because they are not native to the area.

Others hold true to their climate and their location – figuring out which plants and trees will best suit their surroundings and climate. At Capital Landscape, we do a considerable amount of our work in Sacramento, and that means figuring out which trees will survive in the Sacramento climate zone.

The following are some of the trees and shrubs that you may want to consider with your Sacramento landscape, based on HGTV’s recommended evergreen shrubs and trees for USDA Zone 9 (Sacramento). If you’re interested, we also have a list of recommended shade plants. Be sure and contact Capital Landscape today if you’re interested in learning more about the types of plants that thrive in this climate, or if you’d like to learn more about drought resistant landscaping.

Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)
Acacia, sweet (Acacia farnesiana)
Anise-tree, small (Illicium parviflorum)
Aucuba (Aucuba japonica)
Avocado (Persea americana)

Azalea, evergreen (Rhododendron sp.)
Banana shrub (Michelia figo)
Bird-of-Paradise, Mexican (Caesalpinia mexicana)
Blackbead, ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule)

Bottlebrush, Albany (Callistemon speciosus)
Bottlebrush, crimson, lemon bottlebrush(Callistemon citrinus)
Bottlebrush, narrow-leafed (Callistemon linearis)
Bottlebrush, pink-tipped (Callistemon salignus)
Bottlebrush, rigid, stiff bottlebrush (Callistemon rigidus)
Bottlebrush, weeping (Callistemon viminalis)
Boxthorn (Severinia buxifolia)
Boxwood, Littleleaf (Buxus microphylla)
Broom (Cytisus purgans)
Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
Butterfly bush (Buddleia lindleyana)

Camellia, Japanese (Camellia japonica)
Camellia, Sasanqua (Camellia sasanqua)
Camellia, Yennan (Camellia reticulata)
Cardboard plant (Zamia furfuracea), Zone 9b
Century plant (Agave americana)
Cherrylaurel, Carolina (Prunus caroliniana)
Coontie (Zamia floridana)
Coral-bean (Erythrina x bidwellii)
Coral bean, Cherokee bean (Erythrina herbacea)
Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana)
Daphne, fragrant or winter (Daphne odora)
Devil’s backbone (Pedilanthus tithymaloides)
Duster, fairy or pink fairy; also, mock mesquite (Calliandra eriophylla), semi-evergreen
Eucalyptus, lemon (Eucalyptus citriodora)
Escallonia (Escallonia)
Eucalyptus, lemon (Eucalyptus citriodora)
Euonymus, Japanese (Euonymus japonicus)
Fatsia, Japanese (Fatsia japonica)
Firebush, scarlet bush (Hamelia patens)
Firethorn, formosa (Pyracantha koidzumii)
Firethorn, scarlet (Pyracantha coccinea)
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
Germander, bush (Teucrium fruticans)
Gimlet, narrow-leafed (Eucalyptus spathulata)
Guava (also called pineapple guava) (Feijoa sellowiana)
Hawthorn, Indian (Raphiolepis indica)
Hawthorn, Indian, Yeddo hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis umbellata)
Heath (Erica)
Hibiscus, Chinese (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Holly, American (Ilex opaca)
Holly, Chinese (Ilex cornuta)
Holly, Dahoon (Ilex cassine)
Holly x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
Holly, yaupon (Ilex vomitoria)
Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Ixora, flame of the woods (Ixora coccinea), Zone 9b
Jasmine, dwarf (Jasminum parkeri)
Jasmine, primrose (Jasminum mesnyi)
Laurel, bay or true (Laurus nobilis)
Laurel, Texas mountain (Sophora secundiflora)
Lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia)
Lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora)
Leucothoe, Florida (Leucothoe populifolia)
Lilac, wild or California hybrids (Ceanothus x)
Loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus)
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)
Loropetalum, redleaf Chinese (Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum)
Macadamia nut (Macadamia integrifolia)
Magnolia, southern (Magnolia grandiflora)
Magnolia, sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana)
Myrtle, true (Myrtus communis)
Myrtle, wax (Myrica cerifera)
Nandina or heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica)
Oak, cork (Quercus suber)
Oak, live (Quercus virginiana)
Oak, myrtle (Quercus myrtifolia)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Orchid-tree, Hong Kong (Bauhinia blakeana), Zone 9b only
Orchid-tree, purple (Bauhinia purpurea), Zone 9b only
Photinia, Fraser (Photinia x fraseri)
Pieris, Himalayan (Pieris formosana var. forrestii), West Coast
Pistache, evergreen (Pistacia lentiscus), Zone 9a only
Pistache, Texas (Pistacia texana)
Pittosporum, Japanese (Pittosporum tobira)
Plumbago, leadwort (Plumbago auriculata)
Plum, natal (Carissa grandiflora), Zone 9b
Plum, dwarf natal (Carissa grandiflora ‘Prostrata’), Zone 9b
Podocarpus, Nagi (Podocarpus nagi)
Podocarpus, yew (Podocarpus macrophyllus)
Princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana)
Redbay (Persea borbonia)
Redbay, swamp (Persea palustris)

Rosemary, Florida (Ceratiola ericoides)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
Rusty lyonia (Lyonia ferruginea)
Sage, Texas, Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum frutescens)
Sarcococca, Oriental (Sarcococca orientalis), in cooler areas of Zone 9
Sasanqua, camellia (Camellia sasangua)
Senna, butterfly bush (Cassia) (semi-evergreen)
Shower of gold, spray of gold (Galphimia gracilis, or Thryallis glauca)
Simpson’s stopper, twinberry (Myrcianthes fragrans), Zone 9b only
Sparkleberry, farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum)
Tea (Camellia sinensis)
Tea-olive, Delavay (Osmanthus delavayi), West Coast only
Tea-olive, fragrant (Osmanthus fragrans)
Teatree, broom (Leptospermum scoparium)
Ternstroemia, Japanese, also called Japanese cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera)
Torreya, Florida, stinking cedar (Torreya taxifolia)
Waxmyrtle, southern (Myrica cerifera)
Yucca (Yucca)

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