Town Flora


Due to a variety of circumstances in Davis, both the town and campus feature a staggering array of plants, both native and exotic. Many years ago, Davis made national news when the media picked up the story that Davis' mayor had decided to plant fruit trees in all the empty lots and unbuilt areas to provide food for the homeless. Both UC Davis and the City of Davis recognize the many ways plants enrich our lives by supporting programs and concepts such as the [WWW]Street Tree Program, Arboretum, [WWW]planting dedications, and edible landscaping.

Some of the species planted in Davis are invasive species and could become pests in the natural environment (yes, Davis provides important habitat value for many native species). Experts recommend using them carefully, or not at all.
flora_blossom.jpgMany fruit trees flower in March here. flora_MatillijaPoppy.jpgOnce you start noticing the plants on this page, you might also notice more beautiful things all over town!

  1. Plants
    1. Trees
    2. Shrubs
    3. Vines
    4. Flowers
    5. Foliage Plants
    6. Weeds & Parasites
    7. Poisonous Plants
    8. Other Plants and Fungi
    9. Agriculture
  2. Resources



Tree.jpgA pretty Davis tree (at the corner of Pole Line and Covell) flora_palmFan.jpgThis beautiful little fan palm was found on campus

One of the most prominent and impressive elements of the Davis flora is the trees. They provide habitat for the wildlife, shade, windbreaks, privacy, beauty and food for animals and people.

Visit [WWW]here for a google map of fruit trees in Davis. The map is public and collaborative, so please add trees if you know of their locations. (You must have a google sign-in.) Use push-pins to mark the locations of trees. If the tree is on private property, please indicate that in the note, and only mark it after getting permission from the owner first.


flora_ceanothus2.jpgHave you noticed this California Lilac? flora_5.jpgThe Train Station has some beautiful plantings, in this picture you can see lavender and yarrow blossoms.



flora_teaRose.jpgAn early tea rose of spring!

flora_beauty.jpgCalla lilies are one of Davis' early arrivals each year. flora_iris2.jpgA red-lipped salvia brushes up against iris in this little corner. flora_iris6.jpgA nature-made bouquet.

Foliage Plants

Weeds & Parasites

flora_mustard.jpgFood, flower or weed... it's all a matter of perspective; a field of mustard in town.

Poisonous Plants

Many plants have compounds in them that are skin irritants, or are harmful if ingested. Yet other plants cause allergies to some people. Below are some of the most notable chemically irritating plants found in Davis. Some are native, some are not. Mind you, lots of commonly eaten plants have toxic parts—many of the plants related to cherries have poisons in their pits. The list below is certainly not a complete one. If you think you are suffering from some kind of plant poisoning, contact Poison Control (1-800-876-4766). Also refer to this really helpful [WWW]plant toxicity guide.

If you are a gardener that has a yard filled with interesting horticultural introductions, you might have a whole apothecary in your back yard. If you have children, you ought to cross-reference the names of the plants in your garden against a good list of toxic plants. The Western Garden book may provide that information.

If you have pets, you need to be aware of which plants in your garden or home are toxic to pets. UC Davis' Center for Companion Animal Health has a helpful web page [WWW]

Other Plants and Fungi




tiny_fireworks.jpgBlossoms on a Blackwood Acacia (Acacia melanoxylon) in the Arboretum

* Stylistic note: I'm listing specific tree/plant names in singular form and groups of trees/plants in plural. Agreed? -Eric


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Ok, it has been quite awhile since I took 7th grade science, so I might be a bit fuzzy on this. Flora refers to plants. Mushrooms are not plants. They are fungus. Should they be on this page? -WilliamLewis

2008-09-05 08:29:13   I'm having trouble with the figure alignment on this page. Notice the unwanted white space. How is this handled? —BarryRice

2010-03-27 08:16:03   Using the symbol == forces a break in a page. The SUBHEADINGS on this page are "== TITLE ==" which forces the text to drop below ALL images before continuing. So, since the mushroom picture is taller than the text in that section is long, there was a gap there. I moved the image down a bit (because the next section is longer) and that looks a little better. —LoisRichter

2011-05-02 13:24:56   Under toxic plants it says "morning glory - do not eat these seeds". But morning glory isn't really a strong poison, it is a poison that makes you hallucinate and people sometimes take these seeds to trip, similar to taking shrooms or acid (LSD). These plant seeds may also give you tummy aches as you trip, unless you go through a long process that gets the "bad" stuff out of the seed.

2012-05-11 20:38:53   A list of plants toxic to pets can be found on the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health web site: [WWW]

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