Tree Varieties

New tree(s) will usually be planted within four weeks of a request. Occasionally, there are delays due to limited availability from the nursery, etc. After the tree is planted, the City will trim the tree as necessary. All the City asks of the property owner is to water the tree(s) and notify the City if something does not "look right."

The property owner must remove shrubbery, concrete or bricks before planting. Call the Sidewalk Inspector at (510) 577-3305 for concrete removal information. If you are having tree pits cut or are placing concrete around the tree, a four foot long opening for future maintenance is desirable.

The trees listed below are divided into two groups: trees for planting strips 3 feet wide or less, and trees for planting strips over 3 feet wide.


For Planting Strips 3 Feet Wide or Less (List #1)

Standard Photinia

Standard Photinia (Photinia fraseri)

  • Moderate to fast growth
  • Up to 20 feet tall, spreading wider
  • Evergreen
  • New leaves are bronzy red and turn a glossy dark green
  • Large white flower (clusters) in spring
 Tristania Laurina

Tristania Laurina

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 20 feet tall
  • Evergreen
  • Dense round crown
  • Small yellow flowers in the spring
  • Mahogany bark peels away to satiny, white new bark
 Mayten

Mayten (Maytenus boaria)

  • Slow to moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall
  • Evergreen
  • Small leaves
  • Resembles a small-scale weeping willow
Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstreoemia indica "Muskogee")

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 20 feet tall
  • Deciduous tree
  • Spring foliage is light green tinged with bronze
  • Mature leaves are glossy green
  • Fall foliage is yellow to orange-red
  • Has lavender colored flowers that are crinkled and crepe-like in rounded clusters
Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

  • Fast growing
  • Up to 20 feet tall in 20 years
  • Deciduous tree
  • Has a rounded head, and horizontally tiered branches at maturity
  • Leaves are heart shaped and a rich green
  • Fall foliage is a lemon yellow color
  • Flowers are small and rosy-pink blooms that cover the bare branches in spring
  • Will require some summer watering even after it is established

Crabapple (Malus "Robinson")

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall in 20 years
  • Deciduous tree
  • Rounded head and dense foliage
  • Leaves are pointed oval in a deep green
  • Pink flowers in the spring
  • Small red fruit in the fall
  • Disease resistant
  • Will require some water in the summer, even after it is established

Trident Maple (Acer buerger anum)

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall.
  • Deciduous tree
  • Moderate growth up to 25 feet
  • Fall color of orange and red
  • Drought and heat tolerant


For Planting Strips Greater Than 3 Feet (List #2)

Picture of Saratoga Laurel

Saratoga Laurel (Laurus nobilis "Saratoga")

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 20 feet tall
  • Evergreen
Flowering Plum

Flowering Plum (Prunus cerasifera "Krauter Vesuvius")

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet
  • Deciduous tree
  • Deep blackish-purple leaves
  • Light pink flowers in the spring
  • Little or no fruit
Ornamental Pear

Ornamental Pear (Pyrus calleryana "Chanticleer")

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall
  • Upright in growth habit
  • Deciduous tree
  • Leaves are glossy and bright green
  • Flowers are white and cluster in early spring

Russett Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora "Russett")

  • Slow growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall
  • Evergreen
  • Grows more upright than southern magnolias
  • Leaves are glossy green, undersides are covered with velvety, russet-colored, wooly hairs
  • White flowers - 10 inches, from spring to summer

Red Flowering Horsechestnut (Aesculis carnea)

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 40 feet tall in 20 years
  • Deciduous
  • Large compound leaves
  • Rounded crown
  • Pink flowers in spring
  • One-inch nuts in the fall
  • Occasional leaf burn if spring weather is hotter than usual
Jacaranda Tree

NEW!  Jacaranda (Jacaranda Mimosifolia)

  • Fast Growing
  • 25-40 Feet Tall
  • Deciduous tree
  • Tree canopy open and rounded 
  • Vibrant blue flowers appear in early summer followed by fernlike leaves
  • Seed pods 1 to 3 inches in length
  • Resistant to oak root fungus
  • Tolerates a wide variety of soils
Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba "Autumn Gold")

  • Very slow-growing
  • Up to 10 feet in 10 years
  • Matures to 35 - 50 feet tall
  • Deciduous tree
  • Leaves are fan-shaped and light green
  • Leaves turn brilliant yellow in the fall
  • Will require some water in the summer, even after it is established
Chinese Flame

Chinese Flame Tree (Koelreuteria bipinata)

  • Moderate growth
  • 18 feet tall in 10 years
  • Matures at 30 feet tall in 20 years
  • Tree is flat topped
  • Deciduous tree
  • Yellow flower clusters in summer
  • Multi-colored yellow and bronze foliage follows the flowers
  • Has red-pink, 2-inch dry seed capsules in the fall

Raywood Ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa "Raywood")

  • Fast Growing
  • Deciduous tree
  • 25-35 feet tall when mature
  • Purple-red fall color
  • No seed pods
Arizona Ash

Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

  • Fast growing
  • Deciduous tree
  • 30-50 feet tall when mature
  • Turns yellow in the fall.