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Most cities provide its residents with a recommended re-planting tree species guide. It is meant to help home owners decide the appropriate type of tree to plant or re-plant on their property. These lists are great and contain helpful information about native trees, and other tree species that can thrive in our areas. We have also added a few of our personal favorites.

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Landscape Tree List for the Monterey Peninsula

Conifers

  1. Doedar Cedar, Cedrus deodora- A pyramidal shaped tree with grey-green, short needles. Foliage is dense with openly spaced branches. Pendulous ends give this tree a graceful habit. It will reach 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. The cedar requires full sun, and is drought and frost tolerant to 26 degrees F. It is deer resistant.
     
  2. Monterey Cypress, Cupressus macrocarpa- A spreading tree with medium density foliage. Reaching 30-50 feet tall and 40 or more feet wide, this tree grows rapidly; (minimum of 1 foot per year). It requires periodic thinning to limit wind damage, and branch ends need to be pruned to strengthen limbs. The cypress can grow in sun or sun/shade. It is drought, frost, and wind tolerant, and also deer resistant. This tree does well in coastal conditions, and gives off and aromatic fragrance.
     
  3. Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens- A large pyramidal shaped tree with dense foliage. It can reach well over 50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. Growing rapidly, (a minimum 1 foot per year) this tree likes ample water, and requires large space and protection from wind. Near the ocean, it is susceptible to salt burn. The redwood does well in sun or sun/shade, and is a good candidate for planting in lawn or irrigated sites. It is frost tolerant, and deer resistant.
     
  4. Monterey Pine, Pinus radiate- A round shaped tree with medium density foliage. It can reach over 50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. This rapid growing tree, (minimum 1 foot per year) can grow in sun or sun/shade. It is recommended that this tree be planted at least 10 feet from paved surfaces and foundations. It will do well in coastal conditions, and is drought, wind, and frost tolerant. It is deer resistant. Pitch canker resistant varieties should be planted.
     
  5. Italian Stone Pine, Pinus pinea- A spreading tree with medium density foliage. It will grow 30-50 feet tall and over 40 feet wide. This pine can do well in sun or sun/shade, and is a good tree for roadsides and large gardens. It can thrive in coastal conditions, and is drought and frost tolerant. Another good aspect to this tree is it’s resistance to pine pitch canker. It is also deer resistant.

Broadleaf Evergreens

  1. Blackwood Acacia, Acacia Melanoxylon- A large upright standing tree with very dense foliage. It can reach over 50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. This tree is a rapid grower, (1 foot minimum per year) and grows well in either sun or shade. The acadia does well in coastal conditions, and is drought and wind tolerant. In addition, it is disease and pest resistant. It is a good candidate for planting in lawn areas, irrigated areas, and street side areas. It produces cream colored flower clusters in the spring, and 4 inch seed pods in late summer; which drop to the ground in fall. This tree self-sows, and also requires annual removal of suckers.
     
  2. Red Flowering Gum, Eucalyptus ficifolia- A round shaped tree with very dense foliage. Reaching 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide, this tree can grow in sun or sun/shade. It does well in coastal conditions, and can tolerate drought. It is deer resistant. This tree is a good candidate for planting under utilities, lawn areas, irrigated areas, and street side areas. Striking red to orange flowers cover the tree in winter and summer, attracting birds and Monarch butterflies. Flower and seed capsules require clean-up, and needs pruning to avoid branch breakage.
     
  3. Myoporum, Myoporum laetum- A round shaped tree with very dense foliage. This is a medium tree reaching 15-30 feet tall, and up to 20 feet wide. A rapid grower, (1 foot minimum per year) it can survive in either sun or shade planting sites. This tree does well in coastal conditions, and is drought and frost tolerant. It is deer resistant. It is an attractive multi-trunked tree if staked and pruned. The flowers attract Monarch butterflies. Needs to be pruned to prevent top-heaviness and wind damage. Is superb for seaside use, but not appropriate for tailored gardens due to its invasive roots, and small amounts of leaf drop at all times.
     
  4. Coast Life Oak, Quercus agrifolia- A spreading tree with dense foliage. Growing 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide, this tree needs full sun or a sun/shade environment. The oak tree is drought, wind, and frost tolerant. It is deer resistant. Attracts many native birds, and is good for street side planting. It does require considerable space, and watering under the drip line of the tree must be avoided.
     
  5. Nicholii’s Willow-Leafed Peppermint, Eucalyptus nicholii- A columnar shaped tree with open foliage. Reaching 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide, this tree is a rapid grower, (1 foot minimum per year). Requires full sun, and is frost tolerant and deer resistant. Being a well behaved tree, it is good for street side planting. It’s graceful, weeping, blue-green, fine-textured foliage smells like peppermint when crushed. Too much water can cause chlorosis.
     
  6. Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora- A round shaped tree with dense foliage. It can grow very large; reaching over 50 feet tall and 20-40 feet wide. This tree requires sun or sun/shade and ample water. It is frost tolerant and deer resistant. This tree is known for its large white fragrant flowers, and dark green, glossy leaves. Leaf and pod drop can be a litter problem. Surface roots may lift sidewalks. St. Mary’s, a smaller, slower growing variety is all right to plant beneath utility wires.
     
  7. New Zealand Christmas Tree, Meterosideros excelsus- A round shaped tree with dense foliage. Growing to a height of 50 feet or more, and 20-40 feet wide this tree can survive in sun or sun/shade. It can tolerate coastal conditions, drought, or wind. It is an excellent tree for salty, windy areas. It is also deer resistant. This tree is a good candidate for lawn areas, irrigated areas, and street side areas. It boasts showy red flowers in early summer, but sidewalk clean-up during flower drop can be a hassle. Needs to be staked and pruned when young, and root barriers should be installed in narrow sites.
     
  8. Olive, Olea europaea- A round shaped tree with medium density, grey-green foliage. This tree grows 15-30 feet tall, and under 20 feet wide. It requires full sun, and is a slow grower, (maximum 6 inches per year). The olive tree can survive in coastal conditions, and is drought, and wind tolerant. It is deer resistant. It produces dark green to black 1 inch edible fruit in late fall that attracts birds, but stains sidewalks. To avoid this problem, plant fruitless varieties. Tree requires frequent pruning and removal of suckers.
     
  9. Victorian Box, Pittosporum undulatum- A round shaped tree with medium density, wavy edged foliage. This tree will grow 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. It can live in sun or sun/shade planting sites. It is drought and wind tolerant, and deer resistant. Fragrant, creamy white flowers attract Monarch butterflies, but in early spring the flowers open to sticky orange seeds that are messy. Can be planted in lawn areas, irrigated areas, and street side areas, but a greedy root system limits other plants.
     
  10. Chinese Elm, Ulmus parvifolia- A spreading tree with dense, weeping foliage. This tree can grow 30-50 feet tall and over 40 feet wide. It requires full sun, and is a slow grower, (maximum 6 inches per year). The elm is drought and frost tolerant. Due to its neatness, it is a good candidate for street side areas. Older trees do have some shedding bark. Tree needs to be staked and pruned when young. To avoid aggressive surface roots from damaging sidewalks, root barriers should be installed.

Deciduous Trees

  1. American Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua- An oval shaped tree with medium density, maple-like foliage. This tree grows 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. It requires full sun and is drought and wind tolerant. It is disease and pest resistant, including deer. It could be a good candidate for planting in street side areas, but invasive surface roots can be a nuisance in lawns or parking strips. The beautiful fall color varies by variety from yellow-orange-red to burgundy. The spiny seed capsules, though decorative, drop in winter and require clean up.
     
  2. Saucer magnolia, Magnolia soulangeana- A round shaped tree with dark green, glossy, dense foliage. This medium size tree grows 15-30 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide. It can survive in sun or shade planting sites, and is frost tolerant. A well behaved tree; it is a good candidate for lawn areas, irrigated areas, street side areas, and under utility wires. It blooms at 3-5 years of age. Attractive, large, white, pink, or purplish- red flowers bloom in winter before leaves come out.
     
  3. Japanese Flowering Crabapple, Malus floribunda- A round or spreading tree with medium density, fine textured foliage. This tree grows 15-30 feet tall, and under 20 feet wide. It needs a sun/shade environment, and is frost tolerant. In summer, it requires watering. The crabapple is a good candidate for lawn areas, irrigated areas, small contained areas, and under utility wires. In addition to its beautiful fall color, red and pink buds open up to white flowers, attracting many birds. Prune only to build framework and to correct shape.  Tree is also susceptible to aphids.
     
  4. Copper Beech, Fagus Sylvatica- A pyramidal shaped tree with dense foliage. Reaching over 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide, this tree is a rapid grower, (1 foot minimum per year) and requires full sun. Provides beautiful fall color, but it must be protected from the wind. Salts in the soil or water can stunt growth, and turn leaves brown.
     
  5. Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera- An oval shaped tree with medium density, bright yellow-green foliage. This tree matures to 30-50 feet tall and less than 20 feet wide. It requires full sun, and is a rapid grower, (1 foot minimum per year). It is frost tolerant. Prefers well drained soil, and makes a great lawn tree. Tulip-shaped, greenish yellow flowers appear in late spring. Sometimes is susceptible to aphids.
     
  6. London Plane Tree, Platanus acerifolia- A spreading tree with medium density, lobed, maple-like foliage. Reaching 30-50 feet tall, and 20-40 feet wide, this tree is a rapid grower, (1 foot minimum per year). It requires a sun/shade planting side. It is drought and frost tolerant, and also deer resistant. The plane tree is a good candidate for lawn areas, irrigated areas, and street side areas. In addition to beautiful fall color, the bark sheds in striking patches. Brown, ball-like seed clusters hand from branches through winter. The ‘Bloodgood’ variety is somewhat resistant to anthracnose, and the ‘Yarwood’ variety is resistant to powdery mildew.

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