Incorporating plants native to your climate means less water, less maintenance, and more wildlife. Here are our top picks around the West
Native to: Northern California to Alaska and eastward
Grown for brilliant red fall foliage and winter twigs. Thrives not only in the coldest mountain areas of West but also throughout California—even in intermediate valleys of Southern California if given frequent water. Grows rapidly to form a multi-stemmed shrub 7—9 ft. high; spreads to 12 ft. or wider by creeping underground stems and rooting branches. Oval, 1 1/2—2 1/2-in.-long, fresh deep green leaves. Small, creamy white flowers in 2-in. clusters appear among leaves throughout summer; white or bluish fruits follow.