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City Landscape
Approved Tree List

It is important that everyone does their part to maintain our tree lined streets by planting large trees near the street. If you need to replace a tree that is within 15ft of the street, please select a tree from this list.  

Since the HOA is responsible for maintaining front yard trees with a collection of everyone’s assessment funds - often long after the member who planted the tree has left - the HOA is extremely careful about the trees that are planted to prevent costly problems for the membership in the future.   

The trees on the HOA’s Street Trees lists grow to at least 30 feet providing screening between homes and shading along our streets.  They have strong branches.  They do not have surface roots and they don't drop excessive fruit, sap, or litter.  This list is adjusted to maintain a healthy diversity of trees within the neighborhood.  Homeowners must select from the current tree list.  

Lacebark Elm/Chinese Elm

This graceful tree is adorned with lustrous dark green leaves that turn shades of yellow, gold, orange, red and purple in the fall.  A landscape standout, the lacebark elm has a sculptured form and distinctive bark with a mottled pattern, often with shades of brown, gray, green and orange.

Lacebarks are technically deciduous, but in temperate areas like Redwood City leaves are replaced almost immediately making the tree appear almost evergreen - an excellent choice for homeowners looking for a tree that provides year round interest.  

Lacebarks grow moderately fast, making it an especially good choice for designers looking for an elegant tree that will provide substance and architectural interest in just a few years time.   

Autumn Gold Ginko​

Hailed as “undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful of all deciduous trees,” the ginkgo stands out. Unique, fan-shaped leaves turn a stunning yellow color in the fall.  Ginkgos are a living fossil, the earliest leaf fossils date from 270 million years ago.  Some Ginkgo's have been know to live for as long as 3000 years.  Ginkgo trees establish easily but grow slowly - a good choice for patient homeowners who are willing to wait for a beautiful reward in the years to come.  Deciduous. ​

Chinese Pistache

Known as the “Ugly Duckling” of the tree world, the Chinese Pistache starts out as an unattractive and misshapen young tree but grows into a magnificent specimen with bright green leaves in the summer, and orange, scarlet, crimson and yellow leaves in the fall.   Deciduous. 

Red Maple

Red maple is one of the best named of all trees, featuring something red in each of the seasons—buds in winter, flowers in spring, leafstalks in summer, and brilliant foliage in autumn. This pageant of color, along with the red maple's relatively fast growth and tolerance to a wide range of soils, makes it a widely planted favorite. Deciduous.

Schumard Oak

A stately, strong and long-lived tree with beautiful fall color, the Shumard oak is a great selection for yards.  The Shumard Oak's dark glossy green leaves make a dramatic fall statement, turning brilliant red to red-orange.  This adaptable species has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and drought are common.  

The Shumard oak's small acorns are a favorite of deer and squirrels and several species of birds. Deciduous.

Akebono Cherry

Akebono Cherry (also known as the Daybreak Yoshino Cherry) is a showy flowering lawn tree, with its graceful weeping form, and spectacular spring flowering display with white fragrant blossoms that are sometimes tinged with pink.  The leaves are a rich green in the summer and turn golden yellow in the fall. Deciduous

Blanchard Magnolia

Blanchard Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘D.D. Blanchard) . This cultivar like all southern magnolias is a striking choice with large glossy evergreen leaves and beautiful cream-colored scented flowers the bloom in spring and summer. Once the tree has established a deep strong root system, little care is needed. This particular cultivar can reach 30-50 feet in height.  This Evergreen tree provides interest and beauty all year long.  

Small Area Tree Options:

Little Gem Magnolia

Little gem Magnolia tree has a more narrow upright growth pattern.  They reach 25-30' tall with a 7-10' spread over time.  This is a great option for owners looking for a privet replacement option. These last two smaller trees are between driveways only as the association is actively  trying to maintain tall street trees for the front of the lots.

Saratoga Laurel

Saratoga Laurel is a beautiful evergreen shrub that can add a touch of elegance to any garden. With its glossy, dark green leaves and delicate white flowers, it is a popular choice for hedges, borders, and foundation plantings. This low-maintenance plant is easy to grow and can thrive in a variety of soil types and light conditions.

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