City of Santa Maria
Recreation and Parks Department
Approved Street Tree List
Please be advised that in planting areas of small sizes only a few of these trees may be approved. The bigger the planting area, the more choices of trees.
Trees and Planting Area List
DECIDUOUS (loses its leaves in the Fall)
EVERGREEN (maintains leaves throughout the year)
Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa)
Officially called Silktree but commonly known as Mimosa, this is a small ornamental tree from China that has rapid growth up to 30 feet with equal width. Fragrant flowers appear in the summer, followed by flat bean-like pods that may be messy. Droppings may cause additional maintenance. The flowers are favorites of bees and hummingbirds. Evergreen.
There are many types of oak trees. Some lose their leaves each year. The coast live oak is often found on the Central Coast.
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (King Palm)
This stately palm has feathery leaves that can grow to 10 feet. The tree can reach 50 feet tall. Moderate growth rate. A smooth green trunk, predominately ringed.
Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip)
This fast-growing, deciduous tree is in the same family of plants as the Magnolias. It can reach 60 to 100 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 50 feet. Leaves turn bright yellow before shedding in the fall. Greenish yellow flowers that are two inches in diameter and shaped like tulips bloom in the late spring.
Arecastrum romanzoffianum (Queen Palm)
This large palm can grow to 50 feet. The arching leaves are graceful.
Jacaranda acutifolia (Jacaranda)
The tree grows to a height of 15 to 40 feet. It bark is thin, the twigs slender. Flowers appear in spring and early summer followed by wooly seed pods.
Ceris occidentalis (Western Redbud)
This deciduous shrub has magenta spring flowers, yellow to red fall color, and is tolerant of many soil types, drought and oak root fungus. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Betula alba (White Birch)
The graceful white birch is often planted in yards as an ornamental tree. It is most easily identified by its pure white bark that peels off the trunk in thin, paper-like layers.
Lagerstroemia indica “Zuni” or “Pecos” (Crepe Myrtle)
This deciduous shrub or tree grows 15 to 30 feet tall and six to 15 feet wide, marked by midsummer blooms in shades of white, pink, lavender, or red.
Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay)
A medium-sized evergreen tree, slow-growing. Makes good hedges. Aromatic, dark, glossy green leaves. Blooms with clusters of small yellow flowers followed by small black berries.
Lyonothamnus floribundus (Catalina Ironwood)
Native to the Channel Islands west of Santa Barbara County, Catalina ironwood is a small tree with fernlike foliage and peeling bark. Large clusters of small white flowers are noticeable in summer.
Rhus Lancea (African Sumac)
A wide spreading small tree with a dense crown reaching up to 25 feet tall. Has drooping, narrow three-pronged leaves and dark bark.
Trachycarpus fortunei (Windmill Palm)
Among the hardiest of palms, this tree grows to 40 feet tall with leaves like fans. The trunk is very rough.
Magnolia soulangiana (Saucer Magnolia)
An ornamental tree, its blooms are four inches across or more. The tree can grow to 20 feet or more but is more management if pruned under 10 to 15 feet.
Pistacia Calleryana “Aristocrat” (Aristocrat Pear)
This deciduous tree can grow 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide.
Pyrus Calleryana “Red Spire” (Red Spire Pear)
The Red Spire flowering pear tree grows into a narrow pyramid, blooming in early spring. Likes full sun to partial shade, and is drought-resistant when established. One drawback: The blossoms are lovely but the fragrance is not.
Pyrus Kawakamii (Evergreen Pear)
This slow-growing evergreen tree has a height of 15 to 25 feet with a spread of 20 feet. Foliage is dark green, glossy oval leaves. White flowers in clusters one inch across. Requires light annual pruning. Tolerates sandy or clay soil. Attracts birds and bees. Susceptible to aphids.
Hymenosporum flavum (Sweet Shade)
This drought-tolerant evergreen grows 20 to 30 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide. The clusters of yellow flowers have a sweet smell of orange blossoms.
Koelreuteria Paniculata (Goldenrain)
Slow to moderate growth to 35 feet with dense branching. Has small yellow summer flowers. The fruits are papery-walled green, then salmon capsules, resembling lanterns. No significant pest problems. Native to China, Korea and Japan.
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm)
A palm native to northwestern Mexico, this tree grows to 70 feet tall but its trunk is only about 12 to 14 inches wide. High maintenance because old fronds need to be removed.
Tristania Conferta (Brisbane Box)
Moderate growth up to 70 feet. Foliage is bright green in color, tending to cluster at branch ends. Has fragrant flowers in summer. Fruit is a woody capsule, similar to the eucalyptus. No significant pest problems. Native to Eastern Australia.
Koelreuteria Bipinnata (Chinese Flame)
This deciduous tree grows 20 to 40 feet tall with a canopy of 20 to 40 feet. Roots are deep but not invasive. Leaves are one to two feet long. Tolerate of wind, heat, coastal conditions. Not suitable for under power lines.
Metasequoia Glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)
Very straight single trunk, grows 50 to 90 feet tall. Red brown bark.
Metrosideros Excelsus (New Zealand Christmas)
Disease and pest-resistant. Root barrier recommended. Forms a dense evergreen canopy. Grows to 25 to 35 feet high. Dark grey leathery leaves.
Plantanus Orientalis “Bloodgood” (London Plane)
A large tree – a sycamore – with dappled bark.
Araucaria Heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine)
These trees can grow 100 feet tall, with straight vertical trunks and symmetrical branches. Tolerant of wind. Widely planted in southern California.
Calocedrus Decurrens (Incense Cedar)
Grows to become a moderate sized evergreen with a thick trunk. Cones are about one inch long. Pollen is shed in mid-winter.
Cedrus Deodara (Deodar Cedar)
Young trees have a broad pyramid-like crown that becomes wider with age. This tree can reach 80 feet tall. Its evergreen needles are one to two inches long, on slender twigs, causing branches to droop with age.
Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphora)
A small- to medium-sized tree, which grows 60 feet tall or more, with a round, wide-spreading crown. The leaf is evergreen, the flowers greenish white to pale yellow.
Magnolia Grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)
A large evergreen tree growing 60 to 80 feet tall and 30 to 50 feet wide. Low branching a dense, with a moderate growth rate. Dark green leaves are two to five inches wide and five to 10 inches long.
Plantanus Racemosa (Sycamore)
Usually seen along the streams and foothills of Central California’s foothills, this tree may grow 50 to 100 feet tall. The main trunk often divides. Very tolerant of heat and wind, this is an outstanding shade tree with large leaves. Likes full sun and deep watering.
Sequoia Sempervirens (Coast Redwood)
This is a very large tree that can grow well beyond 100 feet tall. In its coastal forests specimens are found over 300 feet tall. The bark is very thick and the leaves are evergreen.
Arbutus Marina (No common name)
This tree blooms year-round but peaks in spring and fall with white blushed carmine pink flowers. Grows 40 to 50 feet tall and about as wide. Is susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Dark green, leathery leaves, but new growth is bronze colored.
Geijera Parviflora (Australian Willow)
An evergreen tree up to 30 feet tall with a deep, non-invasive root system. Needs little water. Casts light shade.
Gingko Biloba “Autumn Gold” (Gingko or Maidenhair)
Evergreen, slow growing up to 50 feet. Have broad fan-shaped leaves. Plant only male trees; female trees produce messy, ill-smelling fruit in large quantities. Plant in deep, loose, well-drained soil. Generally not bothered by insects or diseases. Resistant to oak root fungus. Native to Eastern China.