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Trees for a California Landscape

Our California Tree List includes many of the trees that have been successful in our own landscapes.

Trees are a thought to the future, but not always for as long as one might think. There are Acacias that have a predictable lifespan of 10-15 years, more and then you are living on borrowed time. Coast Live Oaks, while they may live for a hundred or more years do the majority of their growing in the first 30, treat them well in their youth.

Trees can do so much to change the physical comfort of the local environment. The temperature under a tree is often several degrees lower due to the evaporation of the transpired water vapor that they release. Trees dictate the plantings that we use by the amount of sun they block out, the space their roots take up, and the water they require, or don't. In short, time should be taken for thought about what effect this tree will have on the garden before it is planted.

A great deal of consideration should take place before planting a tree. I have seen great trees planted too close to structures, or each other, far too frequently. Too often this leads to their untimely demise. Trees that have invasive roots are regularly used as street trees. Trees that drop copious amounts of debris are planted where they overhang lawns, pools, and parking areas. And then there is the ever expanding shade issue. It is difficult to plan plantings for the growth of a young tree knowing how rapidly this can change. In the first year there is no shade to speak of but by year three or later there can be a lot. Plants that can tolerate, much less thrive, in both sun and shade are a rare commodity.

So enjoy our California Tree List and plant a few of the beauties here. Your garden will thank you.

Our state tree is the California Coastal Redwood.

After Dark Peppermint Tree * Agonis flexuosa After Dark
American Gum * Liquidamber styraciflua
Angels Trumpet Tree * Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi
Apple, Anna Apple
Apricot- Blenheim Royal Apricot
Asian Pear 20th Century
Australian Frangipani * Hymenosporum flavum
Bigleaf Maple * Acer macrophyllum
Big Cone Pine * Pinus coulteri
Bird of Paradise Tree * Caesalpina gilliesii
Black Locust Purple Robe * Robinia pseudoacacia Purple Robe
Blenheim Royal Apricot * Prunus armeniaca
Blue Oak * Quercus douglassii
Bradford Pear * Pyrus calleryana
Brazilian Coral Tree * Erythrina falcata
Brazilian Rosewood * Jacaranda mimosifolia
Buddhist Orchid Tree * Bauhinia variegata candida
Cabbage Palm * Cordyline Sunrise
California Ash * Fraxinus dipetala
California Black Oak * Quercus kelloggii
California Box Elder * Acer negundo californicum
California Walnut * Juglans californica
Caribbean Copper Plant * Euphorbia cotinifolia
Catalina Cherry * Prunus ilicifolia lyonii
Catalina Ironwood * Lyonothamnus floribudus
Chaste Tree * Vitex agnus castus
Chinese Wingnut * Pterocarya stenoptera
Chitalpa Pink Dawn
Coast Live Oak * Quercus agrifolia
Cockspur Coral * Erythrina crista-galli
Coral Bean Tree * Erythrina bidwillii
Coral Gum * Eucalyptus torquata
Cottonwood * Populus Fremontii
Coulter Pine * Pinus coulteri
Crape Myrtle * Lagerstroemia indica
Desert Bird of Paradise * Caesalpina gilliesii
Desert Willow * Chilopsis linearis
Eastern Redbud * Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy
Firewheel Tree * Stenocarpus sinuatus
Floss Silk Tree * Chorisia speciosa
Forest Pansy Redbud * Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy
Fremont Cottonwood * Populus fremontii
Garry Oak * Quercus garryana
Gold Angels Trumpet Tree * Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi
Golden Trumpet Tree * Tabebuia chrysotricha
Granite Honey Myrtle * Melaleuca elliptica
Holly Leaf Cherry * Prunus ilicifolia
Hong Kong Orchid Tree * Bauhinia blakeana
Jacaranda * Jacaranda mimosifolia
Kaffir Coral Tree * Erythrina caffra
Lily Magnolia * Magnolia soulangiana Brozzonii
Maidenhair Tree * Ginkgo biloba
Maytens Tree * Maytenus boaria
Mexican Elderberry * Sambucus mexicana
Mimosa Tree * Albizia julibrissin
Mountain Dogwood * Cornus nuttallii
Mudgee Wattle * Acacia spectabilis
Mugga * Eucalyptus sideroxylon
Naked Coral Tree * Erythrina coralloides
Natchez Crape Myrtle * Lagerstroemia Natchez
Native Frangipani * Hymenosporum flavum
Nectarine Panamint * Prunus persica nucipersica
Orange Bells * Tecoma X smithii
Oregon Oak * Quercus garryana
Ovens Wattle * Acacia pravissima
Palo Verde * Parkinsonia Desert Museum
Pearl Acacia * Acacia podalarifolia
Peppermint Tree * Agonis flexuosa
Persimmon * Diosporos virginiana
Pineapple guava * Feijoa sellowiana, Acca sellowiana
Pink Star Magnolia * Magnolia stellata rosea
Pinyon Pine * Pinus monophylla
Plum Elephant Heart * Prunus salacina
Pomegranate Wonderful * Punica granatum
Purple Peppermint Tree * Agonis flexuosa After Dark
Purple Robe Black Locust * Robinia pseudoacacia Purple Robe
Purple Trumpet Tree * Tabebuia impetiginosa
Queensland Frangipani * Hymenosporum flavum
Red Flowering Gum * Eucalyptus ficifolia
Red Ironbark * Eucalyptus sideroxylon
Red Orchid Bush * Bauhinia galpinii
River Bankisa * Banksia seminuda
River Wattle * Acacia cognata
Saucer Magnolia * Magnolia soulangiana
Scrub Oak * Quercus berberidifolia
Silk Tree * Albizia julibrissin
Silky Oak * Grevillea robusta
Silver Maple * Acer saccharinum
Single Leaf Pinyon Pine * Pinus monophylla
Smoke Tree * Cotinus coggyria
Star Magnolia * Magnolia stellata
Strawberry Tree * Arbutus unedo
Sweet Olive * Osmanthus fragrans
Sweet Shade * Hymenosporum flavum
Sycamore * Platanus racemosa
Taiwan Flowering Cherry * Prunus campanulata
Tambookie Thorn * Erythrina acanthocarpa
Thornless Palo Verde * Parkinsonia Desert Museum
Toyon * Heteromeles arbutifolia
Tree Dahlia * Dahlia imperials
Tree Mallow * Lavatera assurgentiflora
Trumpet Tree * Brugmansia candida
Valley Oak * Quercus lobata
Water Gum * Tristaniopsis laurina
Western Redbud * Cercis occidentalis
White Orchid Tree * Bauhinia variegata candida
White Trumpet Tree * Brugmansia Betty Marshal
Yellow Elder * Tecoma stans

Acacia cognata * River Wattle
Acacia podalariifolia * Pearl Acacia
Acacia pravissima * Ovens Wattle
Acacia spectabilis * Mudgee Wattle
Acca sellowiana * Pineapple Guava
Acer macrophyllum * Bigleaf Maple
Acer negundo californicum * California Box Elder, Boxelder
Acer saccharinum * Silver Maple
Agonis flexuosa * Peppermint Tree
Agonis flexuosa After Dark * Purple Peppermint Tree
Albizia julibrissin * Mimosa Tree, Silk Tree
Apple - Anna Apple
Apricot - Blenheim Royal Apricot
Arbutus unedo * Strawberry Tree
Banksia seminuda * River Banksia
Bauhinia blakeana * Hong Kong Orchid Tree
Bauhinia galpinii * Red Orchid Bush
Bauhinia variegata candida * Buddhist Orchid Tree
Brugmansia Betty Marshall * White Trumpet Tree
Brugmansia x candida * Datura or Trumpet Tree
Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi * Gold Angel's Trumpet Tree
Caesalpinia gilliesii * Desert Bird of Paradise
Callistemon Cane's Hybrid * Cane's Bottlebrush
Callistemon viminalis * Weeping Bottlebrush
Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy * Eastern Redbud
Cercis occidentalis * Western Redbud
Chilopsis linearis * Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis Purple Splendor * Desert Willow
Chitalpa 'Pink Dawn'
Chorisia speciosa * Floss Silk Tree
Cordyline Sunrise
Cornus nuttallii * Mountain Dogwood
Cotinus coggygria * Smoke Tree
Dahlia imperialis * Tree Dahlia
Deciduous Fruit Trees List
Diosporos virginiana * American Persimmon
Erythrina acanthocarpa * Tambookie Thorn
Erythrina bidwillii * Coral Bean Tree
Erythrina caffra * Kaffir Coral
Erythrina coralloides * Naked Coral Tree
Erythrina crista-galli * Cockspur Coral
Erythrina falcata * Brazilian Coral Tree
Eucalyptus ficifolia * Red Flowering Gum
Eucalyptus sideroxylon * Red Ironbark
Eucalyptus torquata * Coral Gum
Euphorbia cotinifolia * Caribbean Copper Plant
Fiejoa seloiana * Pineapple Guava
Fraxinus dipetala * California Ash
Gingko biloba * Maidenhair Tree
Grevillia robusta * Silky Oak
Heteromeles arbutifolia * Toyon
Hymenosporum flavum * Sweet Shade
Jacaranda mimosifolia * Jacaranda
Juglans californica * California Walnut
Lagerstroemia indica * Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia Natchez * Natchez Crape Myrtle
Lavatera assurgentiflora * Tree Mallow
Liquidamber styraciflua * American Gum
Lyonothamnus floribundus * Catalina Ironwood
Magnolia dianica * Michelia yunanensis
Magnolia galaxy
Magnolia quinquipeta 'nigra' * Lily Magnolia
Magnolia soulangiana * Saucer Magnolia
Magnolia soulangiana 'brozzonii' * Lily Magnolia
Magnolia stellata * Star Magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'rosea' * Pink Star Magnolia
Maytenus boaria * Maytens Tree
Melaleuca elliptica * Granite Honey Myrtle
Michelia yunnanensis * Magnolia dianica
Osmanthus fragrans * Sweet Olive
Nectarine Panamint
Palm Tree List
Parkinsonia aculeata Desert Museum * Thornless Palo Verde
Persimmon
Pinus coulteri * Coulter Pine, Big Cone Pine
Pinus monophylla * Single Leaf Pinyon Pine
Pistacia chinensis * Chinese Pistache
Platanus racemosa * Sycamore
Plum - Elephant Heart
Populus fremontii * Fremont Cottonwood
Prunus campanulata * Taiwan Flowering Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia * Holly Leafed Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii * Catalina Cherry
Pterocarya stenoptera * Chinese Wingnut
Punica granatum * Pomegranate 'Wonderful'
Pyrus 'asian pear' var '20th century'
Pyrus calleryana * Bradford Pear
Quercus agrifolia * Coast Live Oak
Quercus berberidifolia * Scrub Oak
Quercus douglasii * Blue Oak
Quercus dumosa * Scrub Oak
Quercus garryana * Oregon Oak
Quercus kelloggii * California Black Oak
Quercus lobata * Valley Oak
Robinia pseudoacacia Purple Robe * Purple Robe Black Locust
Sambucus mexicana * Mexican Elderberry
Stenocarpus sinuatus * Firewheel Tree
Tabebuia chrysotricha * Golden Trumpet Tree
Tabebuia impetiginosa * Purple Trumpet Tree
Tecoma X Smithii * Orange Bells
Tecoma stans * Yellow Elder
Tristaniopsis laurina * Water Gum
Vitex agnus castus * Chaste Tree

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