In addition to our ten acres of estate vineyards, Gratus is also a pinetum and arboretum with over 300 species of conifers from around the world, promoting biodiversity, and helping to safeguard threatened and critically endangered species from around the globe. Check back here regularly for photos and discussions from training and tending winegrapes to seasonal displays of flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees. We invite you to come join us for walks and tours of the botanical gardens.
Pistacia Chinensis, a cold hardy form of Pistachio, widely planted for its spectacular fall foliage and tolerance to drought and poor soils. Very popular street tree in California.
Quercus Dentata, or Japanese Emperor Oak, is in the White Oak family, native to Japan, Korea, and China. It produces reliable fall color in oranges and apricots. Leaves persist all winter until spring buds force the leaves off.
Amazing acorns from the bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa, here at Gratus.
Ulmus procera “Aurea”, or English Elm. All season, vivid yellow gold colors.
Smooth or Scarlet Sumac, Rhus glabra. Native to the East Coast but planted here at Gratus as a sentimental favorite. One of the earliest of our extensive collection to show fall color.
Ulmus parviflora “Golden Rey”, a striking golden leaved cultivar of the Japanese Elm.
Malus domestica “Gravenstein”. One of a dozen cultivars of apples at Gratus. Gravenstein is the earliest to ripen and, in fact, has already been picked and made into applesauce!
Fagus sylvatica “Tri-Color “, or common European Beech, provides stunning variegated color all seasons.
Crataegus x media “Paul’s Scarlet” is a hybrid between C. mongyna and C.laevigata, shrubby flowering trees native to northwestern Europe. Beautiful double flowering pink blossom and winter “berries”, very popular with the birds here at Gratus.
The allee at Gratus Vineyards of Italian Cypress, Cupressus Sempervirens, and Lombardy poplar, Populus Nigeria “Italica”, both native to Italy and the Mediterranean basin, provide spectacular autumn foliar contrasts.
Acer rubrum “October Glory” or red maple is native to eastern and central North America and may be one of the most abundant hardwood trees in the country. There are many cultivars, known for their blazing, reliable orange and red autumn foliage.
Liquidamber Formosana, or Oriental Sweetgum, a rare and beautiful tree from Taiwan.
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox), Rudbeckia Horta (Black-Eyed Susan), and Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) are mainstays of the late summer perennial garden at Gratus.
Salix babylonica, (Babylon) or Weeping Willow. A stunning, elegant tree native to eastern China but widely planted around the world. Great fall color in Northern California and best planted by water and lots of space.