Replace Your Trees with California Natives

Replace Your Trees with California Natives

August 1, 2021

Trees can beautify any property, but planting trees—especially in California—takes some consideration. Due to our climate, trying to care for the wrong trees can lead to sky-high water bills or premature death for the tree.

So, what is the best tree to plant in California? Keep reading to find out.

What kind of trees are native to California?

Choosing a tree that’s native to our state is generally your best bet. These are a few of the native trees that many homeowners choose to plant:

  • Catalina cherry: Sometimes described more like a shrub than a tree, the Catalina cherry grows 15 to 40 feet high and blossoms with white flowers in the spring and cherries in the fall. The flowers and cherries attract birds and butterflies, and the dense leaves provide nice shade.
  • California box elder: A box elder does better in the shade than full sun, but it grows quickly to anywhere between 30 and 50 feet. It’s not much of a shade tree, but the leaves turn a beautiful yellow-green hue in the fall before they fall off.
  • Western redbud: For a colorful yard, look no further than the western redbud. This tree has magenta blossoms in the spring and yellow and red colors in the fall. The tree grows up to 20-feet high and 15-feet wide. It does well in sandy soil and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Incense cedar: If you have the space in your yard, consider planting an incense cedar. These giants can grow up to 200 feet with trunks that are 10 feet in diameter. The evergreen has a beautiful, reddish-brown trunk and a wonderful scent.
  • Pacific dogwood: The Pacific dogwood is a deciduous tree, but the creamy-white dogwood flowers make for a beautiful yard in the spring. Then, in the fall, the large leaves turn a brilliant, reddish-orange hue. The trees can grow up to 60-feet tall, but most are between 15 and 40 feet.

What is the best tree to plant in California at my home?

All of the trees mentioned above are great choices, but just because the tree is native to our state doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for you and your property. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Goals: Do you want to provide shade in your yard, add some color, attract wildlife or something else? Knowing your goals for the tree makes the decision much easier.
  • Property constraints: Needless to say, you can’t plant some of the bigger trees mentioned above if you have a smaller yard or power lines are overhead. Do some research to ensure you don’t plant a tree that gets too tall.
  • Maintenance requirements: Whether it’s watering or trimming, some trees require more TLC than others. If you have your heart set on a tree but don’t want to care for it, consider hiring a tree care company.

Get help from our professionals

Choosing a tree is hard enough, but maintaining it is something else entirely. Hire our pros at Neumann & Sons Tree Service to remove your current trees, plant new ones and care for them once they start to grow. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about what kinds of trees are native to California.

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