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A wildly varied plant community found on dry rolling hills to acute mountain slopes, chaparral plant communities generally consist of dense, shrubby, evergreen, leathery-leafed plants. Solar aspect and soil moisture levels dramatically change the distribution of plants within a community.




Common Plants of the Chaparral

Associated & Bordering Trees Dominant Shrubs, Perennials & Grasses
Aesculus californica, California Buckeye Adenostoma fasciculatum, Chamise
Cercis occidentalis, Western Redbud Arctostaphylos species, Manzanitas
Juniperus californica, California Juniper Ceanothus species, California Wild Lilacs
Pinus coulteri, Coulter Pine Dendromecon rigida, Bush Poppy
Pinus sabiniana, Gray Pine Eriogonum fasciculatum, California Buckwheat
Quercus agrifolia, Coast Live Oak Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon
Quercus kelloggii, Black Oak Mimulus species, Monkeyflower
Quercus lobata, Valley Oak

Lotus scoparius, Deerweed


Rhamnus californica, Coffeeberry


Rhus ovata, Sugar Bush


Salvia species, Sages


Yucca species

Note: The above lists note some species found in chaparral communities locatated throughout the state. A combination of these plants, not necessarily all, will constitute the dominant plant material in this specific plant community. This information is intended to be a primer on the plant communites in California.  View this article for information on references and further reading. 


Designates plant occurs in Riparian area.


Plant Communitiy Photos

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