Plant ID forum: Help identifying tree (from SF bay area) and tips

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MIlpitas, CA
need_for_color
Mar 5, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Hi,

I saw an entire tree lined with these beautiful flowering trees in South bay (SF bay area) and was wondering if to plant this close to the sidewalk in front of my house. But need help id this and any tips/warnings for this tree close to the sidewalk.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 2:02 PM CST
Welcome!

The tree is a Crepe Myrtle. If they are being planted by the city, I suspect they don't have too many bad habits.
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MIlpitas, CA
need_for_color
Mar 18, 2018 9:29 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

The tree is a Crepe Myrtle. If they are being planted by the city, I suspect they don't have too many bad habits.




Thanks Daisy! Do these lose their leaves in the fall and winter in zone 9? I am in the SF Bay Area and loooing for an evergreen drawl flowering tree.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 18, 2018 11:52 PM CST
Sorry, they do lose their leaves late in the fall and leaf out again late in the spring.

How about a Bottlebrush tree or Red Gum tree. Both are evergreen and have pretty red flowers. And both are used as street trees in the Bay Area.
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Henhouse
Mar 20, 2018 10:48 PM CST
When I lived in Menlo Park, I had a Rhaphiolepis 'Majestic Beauty' in my front entry. They have them planted in the parking lot of OSH here in Santa Cruz.. It's a tidy small tree that blooms about this time. If memory serves me, it's a hybrid between the Bronze loquat, and the common Rhaphiolepis indica (Indian Hawthorne).

You might also look at Michalea doltsopa (now Magnolia). White, fragrant flowers in early spring.. One of my favorites at my last house in Los Altos.. I don't think it has the root problems that the evergreen Magnolias have (Magnolia grandiflora).

Personally, I really like Crape Myrtles.. You get summer flowers when few other trees are blooming, and fabulous fall color. There are varieties that do better in the Bay Area.. Just remember that all trees drop their leaves.. Do you want leaf drop all the time, or once? Smiling
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islander
Mar 22, 2018 12:40 PM CST
You could try and find a Metrosideros which has red blooms. https://selectree.calpoly.edu/...
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 22, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Good suggestion Islander. Red flowers and evergreen. They are quite plentiful in the S.F. area
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HamiltonSquare
Mar 23, 2018 1:37 AM CST
There are dozens of cultivars of this you should look at if evergreen is what you want.

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need_for_color
Apr 29, 2018 9:45 AM CST
Thanks everyone! These are very helpful suggestions.

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