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Criteria:   found in Santa Cruz County  •   is not native  •  group by lifeform
1682  records include photos for these plants ! potentially invasive
 non-native 
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Scientific Name Common Name Lifeform #
  Lifeform: Annual571 plants
  Lifeform: Biennial5 plants
Dipsacus sativus ! Indian teasel Biennial herb  
Hesperis matronalis Dame's rocket Biennial, Perennial herb 6
Silene latifolia ssp. alba Bladder campion Biennial, Perennial herb  
Verbascum speciosum Showy mullein Biennial herb  
Verbena litoralis Shore vervain Biennial, Perennial herb  
  Lifeform: Perennial676 plants
  Lifeform: Fern30 plants
  Lifeform: Shrub208 plants
Acacia baileyana ! Cootamundra wattle Tree, Shrub 5
Acacia dealbata ! Silver wattle Tree, Shrub 1
Acacia mearnsii Black wattle Tree, Shrub  
Acaena novae-zelandiae ! Biddy biddy Shrub (stem succulent)  
Albizia chinensis Chinese albizia Tree, Shrub  
Albizia lophantha Stink bean Tree, Shrub  
Alhagi pseudalhagi Camel thorn Shrub  
Amelanchier alnifolia var. alnifolia Saskatoon serviceberry Shrub  
Amorpha canescens Leadplant Shrub 1
Artemisia filifolia Sand sagebrush Shrub 1
Artemisia furcata var. furcata Forked wormwood Shrub  
Artemisia parryi Parry's wormwood Shrub  
Asclepias nummularia Tufted milkweed Shrub  
Asclepias physocarpa Balloonplant Shrub 3
Asclepias purpurascens Purple milkweed Shrub  
Asclepias verticillata Whorled milkweed Shrub 1
Aucuba japonica Japanese laurel Shrub, Tree 5
Bahiopsis tomentosa Shrub  
Berberis thunbergii Japanese barberry Shrub 10
Berberis vulgaris Common barberry Shrub 1
Betula papyrifera Paper birch Shrub 22
Betula pendula European white birch Shrub 10
Betula populifolia Gray birch Shrub  
Boehmeria nivea False nettle Shrub (stem succulent)  
Bougainvillea glabra Paperflower Shrub  
Buddleja asiatica Dogtail Shrub  
Buddleja officinalis Pole butterflybush Shrub  
Calliandra haematocephala Stickpea Shrub 3
Callistemon acuminatus Tree, Shrub  
Callistemon speciosus Gray bottlebrush Tree, Shrub  
Callistemon viminalis Weeping bottlebrush Tree, Shrub 9
Calystegia silvatica Shortstalk false bindweed Vine, Shrub  
Calystegia silvatica ssp. disjuncta Shortstalk false bindweed Vine, Shrub  
Cardiospermum halicacabum Balloon vine Tree, Shrub  
Casimiroa edulis White sapote Shrub, Tree 2
Casimiroa tetrameria Matasano Shrub, Tree  
Cassia fistula Golden shower Shrub 1
Cassia leptophylla Shrub 5
Cassia nemophila Shrub 3
Catha edulis Khat Tree, Shrub  
Ceanothus americanus New jersey tea Shrub  
Ceanothus greggii var. greggii Desert ceanothus Shrub  
Cercis canadensis Eastern redbud Tree, Shrub 66
Cestrum fasciculatum Early flowering jassamine Shrub 5
Chamaecytisus proliferus Canary island false broom Shrub  
Chionanthus virginicus White fringetree Vine, Shrub 3
Cistus creticus Pink rockrose Shrub 9
Cistus incanus ssp. corsicus Hairy rockrose Shrub (stem succulent) 2
Cistus incanus ssp. creticus Cretan rockrose Shrub (stem succulent) 2
Cistus incanus ssp. incanus Hairy rockrose Shrub (stem succulent) 2
Coprosma repens Creeping mirrorplant Shrub 6
Cornus alternifolia Alternateleaf dogwood Shrub, Tree  
Cotoneaster franchetii ! Cotoneaster Shrub  
Cotoneaster integrifolius Entire-leaved cotoneaster Shrub 3
Cotoneaster lacteus ! Milkflower cotoneaster Shrub 2
Cotoneaster microphyllus Shrub 3
Cotoneaster pannosus ! Woolly cotoneaster Shrub  
Crataegus laevigata Smooth hawthorn Tree, Shrub 1
Crataegus monogyna ! Hawthorn Shrub 2
Cydonia sinensis Chinese-quince Tree, Shrub 1
Cytisus scoparius ! Scotch broom Shrub 1
Cytisus scoparius var. andreanus Scotch broom Shrub 1
Cytisus scoparius var. scoparius Scotch broom Shrub 1
Cytisus striatus ! Portuguese broom Shrub  
Dendranthema Xgrandiflorum Florist's daisy Shrub  
Dendranthema grandiflorum Florist's daisy Shrub 1
Dovyalis caffra Kei apple Shrub, Tree  
Echium candicans ! Pride of madeira Shrub 14
Echium pininana Pine echium Shrub  
Echium strictum Narrow echium Shrub  
Ephedra distachya Jointfir Shrub  
Erica lusitanica ! Spanish heather Shrub  
Eriogonum microthecum var. microthecum Slender buckwheat Shrub  
Erythrina corallodendron Coral erythrina Tree, Shrub  
Escallonia macrantha Redclaws Shrub  
Euonymus fortunei var. radicans Winter creeper Tree, Shrub  
Euonymus japonicus Japanese spindletree Tree, Shrub 6
Euphorbia epithymoides Cushion spurge Shrub  
Ficus auriculata Roxburgh fig Shrub 1
Ficus benjamina Weeping fig Shrub 3
Ficus elastica Indian rubberplant Shrub 1
Ficus microcarpa Chinese banyan Shrub 4
Ficus pumila Climbingfig Shrub 5
Fraxinus americana White ash Tree, Shrub 4
Fraxinus ornus Flowering ash Tree, Shrub  
Fuchsia Xhybrida Shrub  
Fuchsia boliviana Bolivian fuchsia Shrub 2
Genista monspessulana ! French broom Shrub  
Gleditsia sinensis Tree, Shrub  
Grevillea rosmarinifolia rosemary grevillea Shrub  
Harpullia arborea Tulip-wood tree Tree, Shrub  
Hedera helix ! English ivy Vine, Shrub 6
Hoffmannseggia drepanocarpa Sicklepod holdback Shrub  
Holodiscus dumosus Rockspirea Shrub 38
Hydrangea arborescens Wild hydrangea Shrub 3
Hymenosporum flavum Tree, Shrub 4
Hypericum androsaemum ! Sweet amber Shrub 3
Hypericum calycinum Aaron's beard Shrub 7
Hypericum canariense ! Canary island st john's wort Shrub  
Ilex aquifolium ! Holly Tree, Shrub 3
Ilex attenuata Topal holly Tree, Shrub  
Ilex cornuta Chinese holly Tree, Shrub 3
Ilex opaca American holly Tree, Shrub  
Isocoma veneta Shrub 14
Jasminum mesnyi Japanese jasmine Vine, Shrub 3
Juniperus monosperma Oneseed juniper Shrub 2
Juniperus oxycedrus Cade juniper Shrub  
Justicia brandegeeana Shrimpplant Shrub 2
Justicia carnea Brazilian-plume Shrub 1
Kolkwitzia amabilis Beautybush Shrub 3
Lavandula angustifolia English lavender Shrub 11
Lavandula stoechas French lavender Shrub 14
Lavatera arborea Tree mallow Shrub  
Leptospermum scoparium Broom teatree Shrub 5
Ligustrum japonicum Japanese privet Tree, Shrub 9
Ligustrum lucidum ! Glossy privet Tree, Shrub 3
Ligustrum vulgare European privet Tree, Shrub 3
Lonicera japonica Japanese honeysuckle Vine, Shrub 7
Lonicera maackii Amur honeysuckle Vine, Shrub  
Lycium exsertum Arizona desert-thorn Shrub  
Lycium shockleyi Shockley's desert-thorn Shrub  
Mahonia lomariifolia Chinese hollygrape Shrub 1
Malva arborea Tree mallow Shrub  
Malva pseudolavatera Cretan mallow Shrub  
Maytenus boaria ! Mayten Tree, Shrub 6
Maytenus magellanica Magellan's mayten Tree, Shrub  
Myoporum laetum ! Ngaio tree Tree, Shrub 2
Myoporum sandwicense Naio Tree, Shrub  
Nicotiana glauca ! Tree tobacco Tree, Shrub 2
Nyssa sylvatica Blackgum Shrub, Tree 4
Olea africana African olive Tree, Shrub 9
Opuntia ficus-indica Tuna Shrub (stem succulent) 4
Opuntia macrorhiza Twistspine pricklypear Shrub (stem succulent)  
Opuntia stricta Erect pricklypear Shrub (stem succulent)  
Osmanthus fragrans Sweet osmanthus Vine, Shrub 4
Parthenocissus tricuspidata Boston ivy Vine, Shrub 4
Philadelphus coronarius Sweet mock orange Shrub 1
Phoenix reclinata Senegal date palm Tree, Shrub 2
Phoradendron macrophyllum ssp. cockerellii Cockerell's mistletoe Shrub (parasitic)  
Phoradendron tomentosum Christmas mistletoe Shrub (parasitic)  
Photinia davidsoniae Shrub, Tree 2
Pieris japonica Japanese pieris Shrub 3
Pittosporum crassifolium Thick leaf box Tree, Shrub 8
Pittosporum undulatum ! Victorian box Tree, Shrub 4
Pittosporum viridiflorum Cape cheesewood Tree, Shrub  
Polianthes tuberosa Tuberose Shrub 1
Polygala myrtifolia ! Myrtle leaf milkwort Shrub 4
Poncirus trifoliata Hardy orange Shrub, Tree  
Prosopis chilensis Algarrobo Tree, Shrub 8
Prosopis glandulosa var. glandulosa Honey mesquite Tree, Shrub 2
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry laurel Tree, Shrub 5
Prunus munsoniana Wild goose plum Tree, Shrub  
Prunus pensylvanica Pin cherry Tree, Shrub  
Prunus serotina Black cherry Tree, Shrub 1
Psidium cattleianum Strawberry guava Tree, Shrub 3
Pyracantha angustifolia ! Firethorn Shrub 2
Pyracantha crenatoserrata Chinese firethorn Shrub 5
Quercus suber Cork oak Tree, Shrub 12
Rhamnus alaterna Italian buckhorn Shrub 8
Ricinus communis ! Castor bean Shrub 1
Rosa canina Dog rose Shrub  
Rosa woodsii var. woodsii Woods' rose Shrub  
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary Shrub 28
Rubus allegheniensis var. allegheniensis Allegheny blackberry Shrub  
Rubus armeniacus ! Himalayan blackberry Shrub  
Rubus discolor Blackberry Shrub  
Rubus fruticosus Shrubby blackberry Vine, Shrub  
Rubus phoenicolasius Wine raspberry Vine, Shrub  
Rubus ulmifolius Elmleaf blackberry Vine, Shrub  
Rubus ulmifolius var. anoplothyrsus Elm leaf bramble Vine, Shrub  
Rubus ulmifolius var. inermis Elm leaf bramble Vine, Shrub  
Salvia microphylla Baby sage Shrub 20
Santolina chamaecyparissus Lavender cotton Shrub 18
Scutellaria angustifolia Narrowleaf skullcap Shrub 5
Sedum dendroideum Tree stonecrop Shrub 1
Senecio eremophilus Desert ragwort Shrub  
Senecio flaccidus var. flaccidus Threadleaf ragwort Shrub  
Senecio lugens Small blacktip ragwort Shrub  
Senecio parryi Mountain ragwort Shrub  
Senecio sphaerocephalus Ballhead ragwort Shrub  
Solanum aviculare ! New zealand nightshade Shrub 2
Solanum marginatum White margined nightshade Shrub  
Solanum mauritianum Earleaf nightshade Shrub 1
Solanum villosum Hairy nightshade Shrub  
Sorbus sambucifolia Siberian mountain ash Tree, Shrub  
Spartium junceum ! Spanish broom Shrub 2
Spiraea cantoniensis Reeves' meadowsweet Shrub 1
Spiraea nipponica Shrub 2
Spiraea prunifolia Bridalwreath spirea Shrub 1
Symphoricarpos occidentalis Western snowberry Shrub  
Symphoricarpos oreophilus var. oreophilus Mountain snowberry Shrub  
Syringa vulgaris Common lilac Vine, Shrub 5
Tamarix parviflora Tamarisk Tree, Shrub  
Ulex europaeus ! Gorse Shrub  
Viburnum nudum Possumhaw Shrub  
Viburnum odoratissimum Shrub  
Viburnum suspensum Viburnum Shrub 2
Viguiera deltoidea Shrub 4
Vitex agnus-castus var. agnus-castus Lilac chastetree Tree, Shrub  
Vitis arizonica Canyon grape Vine, Shrub  
Vitis labrusca Fox grape Vine, Shrub 1
Vitis monticola Sweet mountain grape Vine, Shrub  
Vitis vinifera Cultivated grape Vine, Shrub 5
Weigela florida Oldfashioned weigela Shrub 3
Wigandia caracasana Caracus wigandia Shrub 1
Yucca aloifolia Aloe yucca Shrub 4
Yucca gloriosa Moundlily yucca Shrub 6
Yucca recurvifolia Curve-leaf yucca Shrub 3
  Lifeform: Tree131 plants
  Lifeform: Vine21 plants
 
NB: found in Santa Cruz County is intended to indicate only plants found growing in the wild. However, the evidence is not always clear, and may occasionally include plants found in cultivation. To verify the wild presence of any particular plant in the list above, please click through to Calflora and look closely at the observations in this county.