Scientific name
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Also Known As
California lilac
Blueblossom is an evergreen, native to the California coastal areas, with bright green to dark green leaves and small flowers that are produced in a dense, puff-shaped clusters. Flower color varies from white, light blue, dark blue to purple. Flowers bloom in the winter or spring, and then mature into a dry, three-lobed seed capsule.

Scientific name
Rhamnus californica
Also Known As
Coffeeberry, Frangula californica
California buckthorn is an attractive, evergreen shrub, between 3 to 12 feet in height. The branches may have a reddish tinge and the new twigs are often red in color. The leaves are dark green above and paler on the undersides and alternately arranged. Flowers bloom in May and June, are small, greenish and occur in clusters.