FOR GREENER AND CLEANER TOMORROWS

TREES RECOMMENDED FOR THE BAKERSFIELD AREA

COMMON NAME                                  (BOTANICAL NAME)   CHARACTERISTICS 
               
(E) evergreen   (D) deciduous 
                                                                                   
Chinese tallow(D)                                 (SAPIUM sebiferum) 30-40 feet. Heart shaped leaves.
                                                              Popcorn like fruit in the fall. 
   
Chinese elm (lacebark) (E)                   (ULMUS parvifolia) moderate to rapid growth to 30 to 50 feet tall and wide; 
                                                             attractive grey and orange flaking bark, leaves turning yellow or reddish 
                                                             in the fall.  

Chinese pistache  (D)                          (PISTACIA chinensis) Fast growing. Foliage colors beautifully in the fall with scarlet, crimson, orange,                                                              and sometimes yellow tones. Subject to verticillium wilt.                                                              

Coastal redwood  (E)                         (SEQUOIA) Fast growing (3-5 ft. a year) Almost always fresh looking 
                                                           and woodsy smelling.

California pepper  (E)                         (SCHINUS molle) Tolerates drought, saline soil and smog . Needs constant pruning to keep wind sail thinned.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 Crapemyrtle (D)                                (LAGERSTROEMIA indica) 25-30 feet. Spring foliage is
                                                            light green tinged bronze red. Flowers in rounded, slightly conical clusters.

Ginkgo biloba (D)                                (GINKGOACEAE) Light green leaves of spring and 
                                                           summer turn gold in fall. Can grow to70-80 feet. Tolerates 
                                                            polluted air, hot weather, alkaline soil.

Liquidambar (D)                                  (HAMAMELIDACEAE) SWEET GUM. 60-80 feet.
                                                            Moderate to rapid growth. Spinney seed balls. Fall colors,
                                                            scarlet to purple. Invasive surface roots.

Scarlet oak  (D)                                  (QUERCUS coccinea) Good street or lawn tree. 60-80 feet 
                                                           high. Leaves turn bright scarlet in autumn. Deep root 
                                                           system.

Modesto ash  (D)                               (FRAXINUS VELUTINA) Up to 50’. Bright yellow leaves in fall.
                                                          Subject to verticillium wilt.

Ornamental pear (D)
Bradford                                            (PYRUS calleryana) Plant: grows 30 to 50 feet tall and 20 to
                                                          30 feet wide; exhibits rapid growth.
                                                           Leaves: turn mahogany-red and sometimes bright orange-red
                                                           in late autumn. Flowers, fruits and seeds:
                                                           produces showy white flowers in the spring.

Flowering                                           (PYRUS Aristocrat) 20 to 40 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. Leaves are dark green and turn red in the fall.                                                            Flowers are white and first to bloom in the sping.


TYPES  PROHIBITED
It is unlawful for the owner, lessee, agent, tenant or any other person having charge or control of any lot, piece or parcel of land within the city, to plant, grow or permit to be planted or grown any female Populus fremontii wats tree or trees commonly known as female cottonwood trees or trees which bear seeds of cottony, wingy or downy nature; the  fruiting variety of Morus alba  and Morus nigra trees or trees commonly known as fruiting variety of  mulberry tree; or any Ailanthus tree, commonly known as the tree of heaven  within said city. (Ord. 4122 § 1 (part), 2003: Ord.  2738 § 1, 1982: prior code § 12.36.120)           

  • ADDITIONAL RECOMMEDED TREES FOR CONSIDERATION

Bottle Tree                                          Brachychiton populneum

Calirotnia Fan Palm                             Washington rillfera

California Sycamore                            Platanus racemosa

Golden Rain Tree                                Koelreuteria paniculata

Honey Locust                                     Gleditsia triacanthos

Italian Cypress                                   Cupressus sempervirens

Japanese Privet                                  Ligustrum Japonicum

Leyland Cypress                                 Cupressocyparis leylandii

Olive                                                   Olea europaea

Raywood Ash                                     Fraxinus cerasifera

Shamel Ash                                         Fraxinus uhdei