Plants for Rocky Soils

Many plants resist happiness in yards where the soil character is particularly rocky or gravelly. Far reaching root systems that are rather stringy seem to do best in this type of soil. Check Plants for Sandy Soils too for additional possibilities.

The following list of trees, plants, and shrubs work well in many warm and moderate climates and cultivars are available that will work in colder climates with some protection. Check with your nursery for appropriate varieties.

Trees, Plants, and Shrubs for Rocky Soils

Trees Shrubs Herbaceous Plants
Acacia greggi
Acacia melanoxylon
Acacia prominens
Callitris robusta
Cercis (species)
Chilpsis linearis
Cupressus (check species)
Eucalyptus (check species)
Ficus carica
Grevillea robusta
Juglans (species)
Juniperus (species)
Morus rubra
Parkinsonia aculeate
Phoenix (species)
Pinus (species)
Pistacia chinensis
Pittosporum phillyraeoides
Populus fremonti
Quercus agrifolia
Quercus ilex
Quercus suber
Sabal palmetto
Tamarix aphylla
Torreya californica


Acacia armats
Acacia horrida
Acacia verticillata
Adenocarpus viscosus
Adenostoma (species)
Arctostaphylos (species)
Artemisia tridentate
Baccharis (species)
Boronia elatior
Ceanothus cyaneus
Ceanothus grizeus
Cercocarpus betuloides
Chamaelaucium ciliatum
Cistus (species)
Coprosma baueri
Cytisus canariensis
Daubentonia puniceus
Dovyalis caffra
Echium fastuosum
Eriogonum (species)
Fabiana imbricate
Fremontia (species)
Garberia fruticosa
Garrya elliptica
Genista monosperma
Gossypium sturti
Grevillea rosmarinifolia
Hakea (species)
Halimium halimifolium
Hazardia cana
Hymenanthera crassifolia
Juniperus conferta
Juniperus pfitzeriana

Lycium (species)
Mahonia (species)
Malvastrum (species)
Medicago arborea
Melaleuca neophila
Nerium oleander
Penstemon antirrhinoides
Phygelius capensis
Polygala apopetala
Prosopis (species)
Prunus ilicifolia
Prunus lyoni
Puya alpestria
Quercus dumosa
Quercus pumila
Rhamnus (species)
Ribes malvaceum
Rhus laurina
Romenya coulteri
Solanum xanti
Spartium junceum
Stenolobium stans
Tamarix (species)
Tecomaria capensis
Tetrapanax papyrifera
Teucrim fruticans
Trichostema lanatum
Triphasia trifolia
Ungnaduia speciosa
Vitis arizonica
Wigandia caracasana
Yucca (species)
Zauschneria californica
Abronia (species)
Acantholimon venustum
Aethionema cordifolium
Aloe (species)
Argemone mexicana
Centranthus rubber
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Cheiranthus mutabilis
Cichorium intybus
Cirsium occidentale
Cleome spinosa
Convolvulus (species)
Dicentra chrysantha
Glaucium flavum
Hesperaloe parviflora
Hesperocallis undulata
Hunnemannia fumariaefolia
Lathyrus splendens
Limonium (species)
Linum (species)
Liriope spicata
Lupinus (species)
Mesembryanth. (species)
Monardella lanceolata
Morea iridoides
Nicotiana alata
Oenothera (species)
Penstemon australia
Penstemon heterophyllus
Salvia (species)
Tropaeolum speciosum
Venidium decurrens

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