looking for a tree - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Dora De La Cruz
hacienda heights, Ca
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Question by ddelacruz
November 12, 2009
I am looking for a tree that is no more than about 10 feet tall, for a small drought tolerant garden I am planning in my front yard. My husband has allergies, so I need a tree that would not pose a problem. I would prefer one that is green year round and native to So.Cal, but not necessary. Can you recommend a few that have great curb appeal and with the above criteria?
Thank you very much!

Answer from NGA
November 12, 2009
Your criteria is rather exacting and I don't think there is a single answer. For allergies, one rule of thumb I try to follow is - flowers with large blooms usually produce heavy (large particle) pollen. These trees attract insects that transport pollen and do not depend on wind transportation. These trees are generally lower in their allergy potential. Also, "perfect" flowers on trees are desired. A perfect flower is one that has both male and female parts in a single flower - not just male and female parts on the same tree. Perfectly flowered trees include crab apple, cherry, dogwood, magnolia, and redbud. Of these acceptable trees, magnolia is the only evergreen, and Little Gem is the only magnolia that is small in stature. Wish I had more to recommend!

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