As I mentioned yesterday, I attended a class a tree identification class at the Arboretum taught by LA County plant pathologist Dr. Jerrold Turney. During the course of the lecture Dr. Turney recommended a number of striking, flowering ornamental trees. I thought I’d list a few of those remarkable trees in case you’re considering planting one. While this list is Southern California-centric, many of these trees can be grown in other climates. All images are courtesy of Wikimedia.
Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia)
Small trees go with small houses like gin goes with tonic water. Small trees are also easy to maintain and don’t break the bank when it comes time to call an arborist. This tree is from Japan and will grow all over North America and Europe.
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
One catch with this pretty tree is that it’s susceptible to anthracnose.
Tabebuia impetiginosa (pink trumpet tree)
A tough and beautiful tree that’s great for urban locations.
Of all the trees Dr. Turney showed, I think this one was my favorite. The yellow flowers really pop out against a blue sky.
Brachychiton acerifolius (Australian Flame Tree)
Speaking of popping out, red flowers are also really dramatic.
Another good urban tree.
To these suggestions I’d add one of my own that also produces a tasty fruit:
Red Baron Peach
Plant one of these as a bare root tree this spring and you’ll have an attractive small tree and peaches!
Thanks to Dr. Turney for a great lecture. If you’d like to attend the other three parts of his tree identification class you can sign up here.