Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Unlike deciduous trees evergreen trees keep their leaves year round. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but this does not mean that all evergreen trees will work in your landscape. You have to consider that the plants that you see at the nursery are not in their full mature state. So you need to research the evergreen tree that you want to use to be sure you have room in your garden. Not just room for the eventual height of the tree but also for the roots.

When using evergreen trees in landscape design you do not want to over do it. Have a reason for what you are planting and where you are considering planting it. Evergreen trees can a nice tall focal point to your garden. If you
hire a professional landscape designer then he or she will know where to add trees and other plant materials to best suit your garden and your needs. Below are a list of evergreen trees for your California garden.

California native evergreen trees...
  • Arbutus menziesii
  • Brahea armata
  • Calocedrus decurrens
  • Ceanothus arboreus
  • Lithocarpus densiflorus
  • Lyonothamnus floribundus spp. asplenifolius
  • Pinus coulteri
  • Pinus monophylla
  • Pinus sabiniana
  • Pinus torreyana
  • Prunus ilicifolia spp. lyonii (above picture)
  • Quercus agrifolia
  • Quercus chrysolepis
  • Quercus engelmanii
  • Sequoia sempervirens & hybrids
  • Umbellularia californica
California friendly evergreen trees ...
  • Citrus spp. (lemon, orange, kumquat)
  • Cupaniopsis anacardioides
  • Fejoa sellowiana
  • Juniperus virginiana 'Blue Point'
  • Magnolia grandiflora
  • Musa spp.
  • Olea europaea 'Swan Hill' (right image)
  • Tristania conferta

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