Broadleaf Evergreen Tree Selection - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA
Question by johnsondan
September 11, 2001
I am looking to plant two broadleaf evergreen trees. I am not interested in needle leaf pines or conifers. i would prefer them to be fast growers without much mess in terms of flowers, berries, droppings etc. Size is not a concern on the high side as long as they will be over 15 feet. I am considering the Evergreen Ash (Samuel Ash) but am looking for other ideas. Also, how evergreen will the Samuel Ash be in the typical San Jose environment since I have read it is a "semi evergreen".

Answer from NGA
September 11, 2001


Fraxinus uhdei, or Shamel Ash, is a good choice for your southern California landscape. It will remain evergreen in your mild winter climate. The tree will occasionally drop the older leaves, but will never be completely bare. Other considerations include Castanospermum australe (Moreton Bay Chestnut) Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Tree), Elaeocarpus decipiens (Japanese Blueberry Tree) and Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak).

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