Category: Trees for the North County

Japanese maples

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are in a slightly different category of tree.  Most other trees provide shade whereas Japanese maples require shade.  Most can take some morning sun, but afternoon shade is much appreciated in our hot summers.  There are


There are both fruiting and non-fruiting olives.  Since the fruit is known to stain, do not plant fruiting varieties over patios, driveways or any other paved area.  Olives are very tolerant of heat and can take poor soil, but will

Large trees

Large trees grow about thirty feet or more.  Most are deciduous, but one of the notable evergreens is Quercus agrifolia or coast live oak, a very common sight in our area.  Amongst the deciduous choices are Liquidamber, Morus alba (mulberry,

Small trees

Small trees generally stay thirty feet or less.  There are a very large number of trees that fit in that category, so we are presenting just a few that do well in our area.  Evergreen selections are Arbutus ‘Marina’, Laurus nobilis,


Coniferous trees can serve many uses in the garden.  They can range in size from a few feet to sixty feet in height.  Some, such as Cupressus arizonica (Arizona cypress) and Cedrus deodara (Deodar cedar), are very drought tolerant once