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 in Spring and turn a glossy dark green in Summer
  • Large, fragrant white flower clusters in Spring; no fruit litter
  • Drought tolerant once established
 Tristania Laurina

Tristania Laurina

  • Slow to moderate growth
  • Up to 20 feet tall
  • Evergreen
  • Dense round crown
  • Small yellow flowers in late Spring/early Summer
  • Small brown or red capsules fruiting in Summer or Fall
  • Mahogany bark peels away to satiny, white new bark
 Mayten

Mayten (Maytenus boaria)

  • Slow to moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall
  • Evergreen
  • Small, glossy green leaves
  • Very small orange or red capsules fruiting in Summer
  • Resembles a small-scale weeping willow
  • Drought tolerant once established
Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 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
  • Small, brown capsules fruiting in Fall
  • Drought tolerant
Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

  • Fast growing
  • Up to 20 feet tall in 20 years
  • Deciduous tree
  • 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
  • Large brown, purple, or green pods fruiting in Summer
  • Will require some summer watering even after it is established

Flowering 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, gold in Fall 
  • Fragrant, pink flowers in the Spring
  • Medium orange or red fruit in the Fall
  • Disease resistant
  • Will require some water in the Summer, even after it is established

Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet tall
  • Deciduous tree
  • Moderate growth up to 25 feet
  • Fall color of orange and red
  • Medium brown or yellow winged seeds, fruiting in Summer
  • Drought and heat tolerant
Red Pointe Maple

NEW!  Red Pointe Maple (Acer rubrum)

  • Fast growth
  • 40-50 feet tall
  • Deciduous tree
  • Deep-lobed leaves; green in Spring, brilliant red in Winter
  • Red/orange flower clusters in early Spring.
  • Red, pink, or yellow winged seeds, fruiting in late Spring.
  • Disease and pest resistant


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
  • Thick, waxy leaves are resistant to fire
  • Green, white, or yellow flowers in Spring
  • Small black or purple berries, fruiting in Fall
Flowering Plum

Flowering Plum (Prunus cerasifera "Krauter Vesuvius")

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 25 feet
  • Deciduous tree
  • Deep blackish-purple leaves
  • Showy, fragrant pight pink flowers in the Spring or Winter
  • 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; multi-colored in Fall
  • Showy, fragrant flowers are white and cluster in early Spring or Winter
  • Small brown or green pome, fruiting in Summer

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
  • Showy, fragrant white flowers - 10 inches, from Spring to Summer
  • Prolific, very large purple or red follicle, fruiting in Summer or Fall

Red Flowering Horsechestnut (Aesculus carnea)

  • Moderate growth
  • Up to 40 feet tall in 20 years
  • Deciduous
  • Large compound leaves
  • Rounded crown
  • Showy, fragrant pink flowers in Spring
  • One-inch nuts in the Fall
  • Occasional leaf burn if spring weather is hotter than usual
  • Drought tolerant once established
Jacaranda Tree

Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)

  • Moderate to fast growing
  • 25-40 feet tall
  • Deciduous tree
  • Tree canopy open and rounded 
  • Vibrant blue or lavender flowers appear in early Summer followed by fernlike leaves
  • Seed pods 1 to 3 inches in length, fruiting in Summer or Fall 
  • 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
  • Fruitless
  • Will require some water in the Summer, even after it is established
Chinese Flame

Chinese Flame Tree (Koelreuteria bipinnata)

  • Moderate growth
  • 18 feet tall in 10 years
  • Matures at 30 feet tall in 20 years
  • Tree is flat topped
  • Deciduous tree
  • Showy, yellow flower clusters in Summer or Fall
  • Multi-colored yellow and bronze foliage follows the flowers
  • Large, prolific red-pink, 2-inch dry seed capsules in the fall
Arizona Ash

Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

  • Moderate to fast growing
  • Deciduous tree
  • 30-50 feet tall when mature
  • Light to medium green; turns yellow in the Fall
  • Medium yellow or green winged seeds, fruiting in Summer or Fall