Location: Winnetka (West SF Valley, Los Angeles), Zone 10b
posted 5 years ago
I'm having trouble finding a few shrubs, would anyone here know where I could buy these online? I have a good start on a permaculture food forest going, with ~25 fruittrees and 8 berry bushes, with "chicken grasses" ground cover (my Barnevelders and Muscovies free range there), just need to add a shrub layer. USDA Zone 9 or 10, the plants below were recommended from a couple sources.
Caragana arborescens ("Siberian Pea Shrub")
Leucaena leucocephala ("White Leadtree")
Sambucus cerulea var neomexicana ("New Mexico Blue Elderberry")
Rhus trilobata ("Skunkbush Sumac")
Tithonia diversifolia ("Mexican Sunflower")
Only one on the list I'm familiar with is the sumac, it grows wild around here, known as littleleaf sumac, it grows into a fair sized bush that likes to grow low and dense, the wild ones here are only OK wildlife food but are very good for cover and nesting. Not sure I'd want them in the chicken ranging area, cover means 2 things good for prey to hide in and also good for predator to hide to ambush from.