Street Trees Abridged

Posted May 4th, 2016 by admin

Street Trees

Street Trees” are trees that are recommended for planting near sidewalks and medians in urban environments. They are slow growing. Because of their slow growth ( and planted in the right soils), the roots of these trees are less likely to destroy sidewalks and roads making them ideal for pedestrian areas. These are also recommended for placement near power lines.  The list below provides information for examples of street trees.

  • Evergreen Maple

    • Acer Paxii

      • Semievergreen.

      • Small green flowers appear with leaves

      • Other information: N/A

  • Silk Tree, Mimosa

    • Alibizia julibrissin

      • Deciduous

      • Flowers around late summer

      • Other information:

        • Pests:

          • Webworms

          • Mealybugs

        • Mimosa wilt

        • Needs Pruning

        • Heavy flower droppings

        • Low spreading

  • Hong Kong Orchid Tree

    • Bauhinia blakeana

      • Partially deciduous

      • Flowers bloom in winter

      • Other information: N/A

  • Purple Orchid Tree

    • Bauhinia variegata

      • Semievergreen

      • Flowers in spring

      • Other information: Most commonly planted orchid tree

  • Crown of Gold Tree

    • Cassia excelsa

      • Semievergreen

      • Bright yellow flowers in late summer

      • Other information: N/A

  • Gold Medallion Tree

    • Cassia leptophylla

      • nearly evergreen

      • Deep yellow flowers through July and August, 16inch pods

      • Other information:

        • Low branching, spreading habits require careful training

        • prune after flowering, pods create litter problems

  • Eastern Redbud

    • Cercis canadensis

      • Deciduous

      • Magenta flowers in summer, fruits in summer. New seed pods hold through winter

      • Other information: N/A

  • Chinese Fringe Tree

    • Chionanthus retusus

      • Deciduous

      • flowers from April to July, female trees will produce berries by late summer

      • Other information: N/A

  • Chitalpa

    • Chitalpa tashkentensis

      • Deciduous

      • Flowers bloom from May to November

      • Other information:

        • flowers are not pedestrian hazard

        • high wind tolerant

        • shelter from ocean winds at sea coast exposure

        • Hybrid species between Catalpa and Chilopsis species

  • Bronze Loquat

    • Eriobotrya deflexa

      • Evergreen

      • Flowers from December through March, Pomes from February to May

      • Other information:

        • Spreading habit requires judicious pruning

        • Pest

          • fire blight

          • powdery mildew

          • scale

  • Raywood Ash, Claret Ash

    • Fraxinus oxycarpa

      • Deciduous

      • No flowers

      • Other information:

        • tolerant of a wide variety of soil types

        • prefers sandy to clay loam

  • White Mulberry, Silkworm Mulberry, Fruitless Mulberry

    • Morus alba

      • Deciduous

      • No flowers

      • Other information:

        • Pollution tolerant

        • adapted to withstand:

          • dry conditions

          • sandy to heavy clay

          • salinity

          • alkalinity

          • heat

          • strong winds

        • Pest:

          • sooty canker

          • spittlebug

        • stress tolerant

        • Heavy producer of pollen in March and April

        • Large leaves can cause litter

  • Rhaphiolepsis

    • Rhaphiolepsis

      • Evergreen

      • Flowers bloom in late spring, some flowering from late fall to spring

      • Other information:

        • Pest:

          • Aphids

          • fireblight

        • pruning helps shape the tree and avoid conflict

  • Water Gum, Small leafed Tristania, Swamp Myrtle

    • Tristania laurina

      • Evergreen

      • Flowers mostly May-July

      • Other information:

        • tolerates light shade

        • moist conditions

For a more comprehensive list of street trees or for more information please follow Street Tree Seminar, Inc. website: http://www.streettreeseminar.com/default.aspx

Sources:

Street Trees Recommended For Southern California, Second Edition, Street Trees Seminar, Inc. ISBN: 0-96-77715-0-1