Parkway Tree Species Palette

Rossmoor Parkway Tree Species Palette

Botanical Name - Common Name Height (ft.) Spread (ft.) Type Growth Rate Root Damage Potential Water Needs Litter Issues Comments Good Example - Year Planted (if after 2006)
Agonis flexuosa - Peppermint Willow 25-35 25-35 Evergreen Med-Fast Low Low   Weeping form. Low litter and no root issues. 12201 Silver Fox Rd. - 2009
Bauhinia x blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree 20-25 20-25 Partially Deciduous Med-Fast Low Medium   Beautiful fragrant flowers. None known
Bauhinia variegata - Purple Orchid Tree 20-35 20-35 Partially Deciduous Med-Fast Low Medium Seed Pods Beautiful flowers. Requires pruning to maintain desirable shape. 2922 Silverwood (side, Foster) - 2013
Brachychiton acerifolius - Australian Flame Tree 25-40 10-25 Partially Deciduous Slow-Fast Moderate Low Seed Pods Spectacular flowers. Can be slow. Seed pod litter  Rush Park (north of playground)
Brachychiton populneus - Bottle Tree 35-50 25-40 Evergreen Medium Moderate Low Seed Pods Develops large trunk. Seed pod litter can be a nuisance. 12052 Weatherby Rd. - 2003, 2014
Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud 15-25 15-25 Deciduous Slow-Med Low Low   Small tree. Attractive shape and colorful flowers. 2921 Aceca Dr.  - 2012
Chitalpa tashkentensis - Chitalpa 20-30 20-30 Deciduous Fast Low Low Flowers Pretty flowers. Powdery mildew can be issue on coast. 11811 Montecito  - 2017
Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywood' - Raywood Ash 35-50 20-30 Deciduous Fast Moderate Medium   Purple-red fall leaf color. No flowers or fruit. 11961 Wembley Rd. - 2013
Geijera parviflora - Australian Willow 30-40 20-25 Evergreen Medium Low Low   Low maintainance tree. Low litter and no root issues. 3041 Yellowtail Dr. - 2003
Ginkgo biloba - Maidenhair Tree 35-60 15-40 Deciduous Slow Moderate Medium   Lovely, graceful but tough tree with golden leaves in fall. 3341 Rossmoor Way
Koelreuteria bipinnata - Chinese Flame Tree 30-40 30-40 Deciduous Fast Low Medium Seed Pods  Fast growing shade tree with flowers and colorful papery seed pods. 2921, 2951 Main Way Dr.
Lagerstroemia indica - Crape Myrtle 25 20-25 Deciduous Med-Fast Low Low   Colorful flowers and attractive trunk. Mildew can be problem on coast. 2751 St. Albans Dr. - 2007
Laurus nobilis - Sweet Bay 15-40 15-30 Evergreen Slow-Med Moderate Med-Low Fruit Small, slow growing tree w/ small berry fruit. Can use leaves for cooking 3251 Quail Run Rd. - 2008
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' - Round-Leaf Sweetgum
35-40 Deciduous Medium High Medium   *Species not being planted at this time due to Scorch Disease.  
Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Tree
20-25 Deciduous Fast Moderate Med-High   Nice foliage/flowers. Needs regular water and can get aphids and sooty mold 12581 Silver Fox Rd. - 2010
Lophostemon confertus - Brisbane Box (Tristania)
10-30 Evergreen Fast Moderate Low Seed Pods Attractive bark. Needs staking for long time or will lean 2952 Silverwood Dr.
Magnolia grandiflora - Southern Magnolia
30-40 Evergreen Slow Moderate Medium Flowers A stately, low maintainance shade tree. Can get infected with Scorch Disease 11336 Drysdale Rd.
Melaleuca quinquenervia - Cajeput Tree
15-30 Evergreen Fast Moderate Low   Low maintainance, drought tolerant with interesting peeling, spongy bark 2791 Brimhall Dr.
Metrosideros excelsa - New Zealand Christmas Tree
25-35 Evergreen Slow Moderate Low   Low maintainance, drought tolerant with attractive leaves and flowers  12681 Silver Fox Rd.
Pistacia chinensis - Chinese Pistache
25-40 Deciduous Slow Low Medium   Brilliant fall color and clusters of berries in winter Rush Park - Perimeter Parkways
Platanus mexicana 'Alamo'  - Alamo Mexican Sycamore
30-40 Deciduous Med-Fast Moderate Medium   Grows into tall, upright tree with large leaves that are light on underside 3131 Druid Ln. - 2009
Platanus x hispanica ‘Columbia’ - Columbia London Plane
15-25 Deciduous Med-Fast Moderate Medium   Upright tree with nice mottled bark and large lobed leaves. Low disease variety None Known
Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat' - Artistocrat Pear
20-25 Deciduous Medium Moderate Medium   Brilliant fall color. Variety more resistant to Fire Blight 2722 Salmon Dr. - 2013
Tabebuia avellanedae - Pink Trumpet Tree
25-35 Partially Deciduous Med-Fast Low-Moderate Medium Flowers A spectacular spring and winter flowering tree with long brown seed pod 11612 Wallingsford Rd.
Zelkova serrata - Japanese Zelkova
40-50 Deciduous Medium Moderate Medium   A good Elm alternative with a vase shaped crown and fall color 3411 Yellowtail Dr. - 2005

*As stated in RCSD Tree Policy 3080: ‘Homeowners, residents or their agents shall not plant, trim or remove parkway and median trees.’  All trees must be purchased and planted by District staff or contractors.

**This species palette may be revised at any time as needed by the RCSD Urban Forestry Department.