Thursday, May 20, 2010

PLANTING WITH DECIDUOUS TREES IN CALIFORNIA

The word deciduous means falling of at maturity, shedding, dropping of a part that is no longer needed. However you want to define it deciduous trees are good at shading our home during the summer and keeping us worm during the winter. Deciduous trees provide habitat for wildlife, help filter dust and pollution while exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen.

If you have room on your property for trees then you should consider adding at least one deciduous variety to your planting palette. Generally you should add such a tree to the area that gets the most amount of sun in your home so that during the summer the tree will block sunlight in yet let that light in during the fall season. Below is a list of some recommended deciduous trees for your California landscape.

California native deciduous trees...
  • Acer macrophyllum
  • Aesculus californica
  • Alnus rhombifolia
  • Betula occidentalis (pictured above)
  • Cercidum floridum
  • Chilopsis linearis
  • Juglans californica
  • Parkinsonia aculeata
  • Platunus racemosa
  • Populus fremontii
  • Quercus douglasii
  • Quercus lobata
  • Sambucus mexicana
  • Tecoma stans
California friendly deciduous trees...
  • Acer palmatum (right picture)
  • Albizia julibrissin
  • Betula pendula
  • Cercis Forest Pansy
  • Lagerstroemia indica
  • Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Prunus c. Krauter Vesuvious

Note: there many deciduous trees that could be listed however those listed in this blog are some California natives and non natives that are easy to grow and work with in a residential landscape. As with any plant you should always thoroughly do your research before picking one to plant in your garden.