Small to Medium Sized Trees

Posted November 7th, 2012 by admin

Consider these small to medium size varieties next time you want to plant trees:

1.  Silk Tree or Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) – deciduous tree that is open, lacy and graceful – grows rapidly to 40′ with equal spread – significant pest problems are Mimosa webworm, mealybugs and Mimosa wilt – good for street sides, medians, parks & lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 2 – 23

2.  Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana – partially deciduous with small sprawling umbrella type growth – grows to 20′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 19, 21 & 23

3.  Purple Orchard Tree (Bauhinia variegata) – semievergreen – rounded or dome shaped – moderate growth rate to 30′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 13 and 18 – 23.

4.  Crown of Gold Tree (Cassia excelsa) – semievergreen – rounded to spreading dense medium sized tree – fast growing to 25 – 30′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for accent planting – suitable for Sunset Zones 12, 13 and 19 – 24

5.  Gold Medallion Tree (Cassia leptophylla) – nearly evergreen – shapely, graceful, open-headed low spreading tree with bushy crown – fast growing to 20 – 25′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 21 – 24

6.  Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) – deciduous – slow to moderate growth to 20′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 1 – 3 and 7 – 20

7.  Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus) – deciduous – graceful small tree – slow to moderate growth rate to 20′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 2 – 9 and 14 – 24

8.  Chitalpa (Chitalpa tashkentensis) – deciduous – informal, floriferous, rapidly growing medium-sized tree – grows slightly upright to 25′ with equal spread – a significant pest problem may be powdery mildew – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 3 – 24

9.  Bronze Loquat (Eriobotrya deflexa) – evergreen – moderate to fast growing vase-shaped tree – grows to 25′ with equal spread – significant pest problems are fire blight, powdery mildew and scale – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 8 – 24

10. Raywood Ash/Claret Ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa) – deciduous – broadleaf, fine-textured, upright narrow tree when young – fast growing to 35′ with 20′ spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 3 – 9 and 12 – 24

11. White Mulberry/Silkworm Mulberry/Fruitless Mulberry (Morus alba) – deciduous – fast growing with rounded spreading crown to 50′ with somewhat wider spread – produces dense shade – significant pest problems are sooty canker fungus and spittlebug – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 1 – 24 (most useful in 10 – 13 and 18 – 21)

12. Rhaphiolepis (Rhaphiolepis) – evergreen – compact, round-headed – moderate growth rate to 8 – 12′ – significant pest problems are aphids and fireblight – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 8 – 10 and 12 – 24

13. Water Gum/Small-Leafed Tristania/ Swamp Myrtle (Tristania laurina) – evergreen – small, slow growing with a dense, rounded, often columnar crown – grows to 20′ with a 6 – 8′ head – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 19 – 24

14. Paxii Maple/Evergreen Maple/Oblong Maple (Acer paxii) – semievergreen – medium sized, slow growing to 45′ with equal spread – no significant pest problems are known at this time – good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns – suitable for Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 14 – 24

Other suggestions include:

Purple Leaf Plum, Japanese Maple, Weeping Bottlebrush or Pygmy Date Palms