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Climate friendly plants

There are many varieties of trees, shrubs and vines that have "evolved" here in the Northwest and are best suited to thrive in our unique environment without a lot of maintenance. Being well adapted, these native plants weather our Northwest cycles of soggy, wet winters and springs followed by summer droughts very well, making them less susceptible to insect damage and disease.

Download a copy of our "Gardening with Native Plants" brochure for additional information and helpful photos.

We encourage you to use these native plants in your landscaping to conserve water and enhance our environment.

Here is a printable version of the list.

Trees Shrubs
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Hardhack spirea (Spirea douglasii)
Pacific flowering dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) Indian plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)
Pacific madrone’ (Arbutus menziesii) Native mock-orange (Philadelphus lewisii var. gordonianus)
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana)
Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)
Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana) Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)
Western serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) Red-osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
  Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)
  Tall Oregon grape (Mahonia [Berberis] aquifolium)
  Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
Ground cover

Single red flower

Purple flowers


Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Deer fern (Blechnum spicant)
False lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum dilatatum)
False Solomon’s seal (Smilacina racemosa)
Kinnikinnik (Arcostaphylos uva-ursi)
Low Oregon grape (Mahonia [Berberis] nervosa)
Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)
Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla)
Wild ginger (Asarum hartwegii)
Woods strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Western trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)