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Trees with Minimal Problems

This list can be used as a guide to select trees suitable for your particular situation. Not all trees available to us are on this list and there may be other trees that could be considered, depending upon your growing conditions. Some trees were left off this list because they may get very large, such as Eucalyptus citridora, or they may have other problems like limbs dropping as a Grevilla robusta is prone to do.

We included Lagerstromia on the list because it is a beautiful tree inland, but along the coast you may have mildew problems. There are many things to consider when selecting the right tree for your yard. There may be other Palms, Sycamore, Ficus and Coral trees you might want to consider.

Height may vary according to water, fertilizer, soil conditions, and seedling varieties. Most of these trees will not pose a problem with sidewalks or driveways if deeply watered and the water can soak down deep. Hard soil and shallow watering habits can cause surface rooting on almost any tree, which may be a problem. Root pruning can help eliminate problems in these areas especially near sidewalks and driveways. There are also “root barrier” systems if you have concerns. If you have any other questions, most of these trees are listed in “Sunset Western Garden Book” or ask one of our professionals. Most of these trees can be kept smaller by pruning with the exception of palms.

Tree Common Name avg. height Type color bloom
Acacia
subperosa
Weeping
Acacia
20′-30′ E n.a.
Acacia
baileana
Bailey’s
Acacia
20′-35′ E yellow
Agonis
flexuosa
Peppermint
willow
20′-25′ E small
white
Albizzia
julibrissen
Silk
Tree
2′-30′ D pink
Aconthophoenix
cunningharmania
King
palm
30′-40′+ Palm n.a.
Arecastrum/Cocos
plumosa
Queen
palm
40′
– 50′+
Palm n.a.
Bauhinia
blakeana
Hong
Kong orchid tree
20′-25′ S-E purple/pink
Bauhinia
purpurea/variegata
Orchid
tree
25′-30′ S-E pink
Betula
varieties
Birch
tree
25′-35′ D n.a.
Bischoffia
javanica
Bischoffia
trifoliata
30′-40′ E n.a.
*
Brachychiton
acerfolia
Flame
tree
30′-40′ E red/orange
Brachychiton
populens
Bottle
tree
30′-40′ E cream
Brahea
edulis
Guadalupe
palm
25′-35′+ E n.a.
Callistemon
citrinus
Bottle
brush
30′-40′ E red
Callistemon
viminalis
Weeping
bottle brush
20′-30 E red
Calodendron
capense
Cape
Chestnut
25′-35′ S-E pink
Cassia
leptophylla
Gold
medallion tree
20′-25′ E yellow
Casurina
stricta
Beefwood/She
oak
30′-40′ E n.a.
*
Cercis
occidentalis
Redbud
tree
15′-25′ D pink
Cercis “Forrest
Pansy”
Redbud “Forrest
Pansy”
15′-25′ D pink
*
Cinamomum
camphora
Camphor
tree
30′-40′ E n.a.
Cupaniopsis
anacarduiudes
Carrot
wood tree
30′-40′ E n.a.
Eriobotrya
deflexa
Bronze
loquat
20′-25′ E white
Eucalyptus
erythrocorys
Red
cap gum
15′-20′ E yellow/red
pod
Eucalyptus
nicholi
Willow
leaf euchlyptus
30′-40′ E n.a.
Eucalyptus
sideroxlyn rosea
Iron
bark
30′-50′ E n.a.
Eucalyptus
ficifolia
Flowering
eucalyptus
40′-50′ E pink,
white, red
Eucalyptus
polyanthemos
Silver
dollar eucalyptus
50′-60′ E n.a.
Eucalyptus
lehmani
bushy
yate
20′ E n.a.
*
Eucalyptus
torquata
Coral
gum
20′ E *
Geijera
parvifolia
Australian
willow
30′-35′ E n.a.
Ginko
biloba
Ginko
or Maiden Hair Tree
40′-50′ D n.a.
Jacaranda
mimosifolia
Jacaranda 30′-40′ D blue
Koelreuteria
bipinata
Chinese
flame tree
40′-50′ D yellow
Koelreuteria
paniculata
Golden
rain tree
20′-25′ D yellow
Lagerstromia
indica
Crepe
Myrtle
20′-25′ D varies
Liquidamber
stryaciflua
Sweet
gum
40′-50′ D n.a.
Lirodendron
tulipifera
Tulip
tree
40′-60′ D cream
Magnolia
grandiflora
Southern
Magnolia
40′-50′ E white
Magnolia
g. “Majestic Beauty”
Magestic
Beauty Magnolia
40′-50′ E white
Magnolia
g. “St. Mary’s”
St.
Mary magnolia
30′-40′ E white
Magnolia
g. “Little Gem”
LIttle
Gem Dwarf Magnolia
15′-20′ E white
Meleluca
linerifolia
Snow
in Summer
40′-50′ E white
Meleluca
quinquenerva
Paper
bark tree/Cajput
30′-40′ E white
Metrosideros
excelsa
New
Zealand Christmas tree
30′-35′ E red
Michelia
champacha
Michelia 20′-30′ E cream
Michelia
doltsopa
  20′-25′ E white
Morus
alba
Mulberry 40′-50′ D n.a.
Myporum
latum
Myoporum 20′-30′ E white
Nerium
oleander
Oleander
tree
15′-20′ E many
Pinus
canarensis
Canary
Island Pine
50′-60′ E n.a.
Pinus
halapensis
Italian
stone pine
30′-40′ E n.a.
Pinus
roxburgii
Chir
pine
25′-35′ E n.a.
*
Pinus
thunbergia
Japanese
black pine
30′-50′ E n.a.
Pistachia
chinensis
Chinese
Pistachio
30′-35′ D n.a.
Pittosporum
rhombifolium
  20′-30′ E n.a.
*
Pittosporum
undulatum
Mock
orange/victorian box
25′-35′ E white
Podocarpus
gracillior
Fern
pine
30′-40′ E n.a.
Podocarpus
henkelii
Long
leaf yellow wood
30′-40′ E n.a.
Pyrus
kawakami
Evergreen
pear
25′-35′ D white
Quercus
ilex
Holly
oak
30′-40′ E n.a.
Quercus
suber
Cork
oak
40′-50′ E n.a.
Stenocarpus
sinuatus
Fire
wheel tree
20′-30′ E red-orange
Tabeubia
avellandae (ipe)
Pink
trumpet tree
20′-25′ D pink
Tabebuia
chrysotricha
Golden
trumpet tree
20′-25′ D yellow
Tipuana
tipu
Tipu
tree
35′-50′ E white
Tristania
conferta
Brisbane
box
40′-50′ E cream
Tristania
laurina
Swamp
Myrtle
20′-30′ E yellow

 

E = evergreen

D = deciduous (loses its leaves in winter)

S-E = semi evergreen (loses some or most of its leaves
in winter)

Colors as noted n.a. – not applicable or so insignificant
it doesn’t matter

* = sometimes difficult to find, not always available