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
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.
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