Tuesday, May 3, 2011

5 Fantastic Small Trees for San Diego

Here are 5 wonderful trees for small spaces in San Diego.  These trees are great for patio areas and are smaller than 20 feet tall and wide in most cases.  Photos of these trees have either been posted already or will be this month.

Cercis Canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
Forest Pansy Redbud
A deciduous tree with pink flowers in the spring and foliage that changes from dark purple to green to yellow by the fall.

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’
Tuscarora Crape Myrtle
Another deciduous tree with bring pink flowers in the summer.  This drought tolerant tree loves the heat.

Arbutus unedo ‘Marina
Strawberry Tree
Edible fruit make this evergreen tree a winner with the birds.  The variety ‘Marina’ has pink flowers and has a nice single-trunk form.

Prunus cerasifera ‘Purpurea’
Purple Leaf Plum Tree
A very tough tree for areas with bad soil.  This deciduous tree thrives everywhere in San Diego County.

Cassia leptophylla
Gold Medallion Tree
This tree is evergreen in most years.  Nice summer flowers on an umbrella shaped tree.  If left unpruned, this tree can reach 30 feet wide, but it looks better with proper pruning.

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