Plant One Of These 5 Trees For Gorgeous Landscaping in California Summers

Tree care professionals of San Carlos, CA discuss 5 trees that love California weather.

Trees that Can Take the Heat

Everyone acknowledges the beauty and majesty of trees, especially those who dwell in the shadow of the great Sequoias.  The problem is not knowing whether or not you want to plant a tree, the problem is knowing what tree to plant. That’s what we are here for. The five trees listed below are lovely choices for any home in the Bay Area. 


These trees can grow to be as small as 6 feet tall or as tall as 40 feet depending on the variety. These trees flower will surely light up any landscape you decide to incorporate them in. There flowers can be anywhere from pink to white to purple and red. This tree also has very stunning bark that peels into beautiful brown strips exposing a tan underneath. The leaves turns an attractive red, orange, and yellow hues in the fall. 

Crapemrytle Aspects:

  • Stunning flowers with a variety of colors
  • Very showy all year along
  • Very hardy
  • Attracts wildlife

New Zealand Christmas Tree

This unique wide-branched tree gets its name from its feathery red blossoms that come out in the spring and summer which in its native New Zealand is around Christmas. The tree can grow to a whopping 80 feet in its natural state, so it is recommended that this be planted in a container to keep it in the 7-10 feet height range. 

New Zealand Christmas Tree Aspects:

  • Beautiful, feathery, red blooms in the summer
  • Easily trimmed in the spring to manage growth
  • Recommended for container gardening
  • Needs lots of water

California Lilac

This native California plant produces clusters of tiny blue or purple blossoms that attract and feed pollinators such as butterflies and bees. The flowers also have a full and lovely fragrance for humans to enjoy. They are known to fix nitrogen levels in the soil which is exceedingly helpful for other plants in the area.  It is very easy to care for and benefits wildlife with both its flowers and seeds.

California Lilac Aspects:

  • Easy to care for
  • Flowers and following seeds feed wildlife
  • Lovely smelling blossoms
  • Corrects soil nitrogen levels

Western Redbud

This is another beautiful tree that grows in California.It produces very showy bright pink to magenta flowers in the spring. This tree grows 10-20 feet high and 10-15 feet in width. It has thin, shiny branches and heart-shaped leaves that become light green in the early seasons. It prefers moist soil but otherwise takes little care.

Western Redbud Aspects:

  • Showy flowers
  • Minimal maintenance  
  • Has an attractive look year-round ( flowers, bark color)

Ginkgo Biloba

These living fossils have been around for more than 200 million years. This native of China has unique fan-shaped leaves that turn a brilliant gold in the fall.  They are hardy and tolerant of many soil types and some drought. They can live thousands of years. The ginkgo biloba, also known as the maidenhair, is a perfect choice for urban and suburban settings.

Ginkgo Biloba Aspects:

  • Establishes easily 
  • Adapts well
  • Tolerant to pollution, various soil types, and drought
  • Uniquely beautiful leaves

About Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting

Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting is dedicated to preserving the life of residential trees whenever possible. From tree care and removal to consultation with an arborist, our tree service company provides anything a client might need for their landscaping. Call us today for more information.

By |2022-06-09T23:52:17+00:00June 9th, 2022|Tree Care and Related Services|