Palm trees are iconic residents of Beverly Hills, but many of the region’s trees are dying. Some of the die off is due to fungi and insect pests, but many of the mature palms are simply approaching the end of their natural lifespan, as they were planted in the 1930s.
Moving forward, most of these dying palm trees will be replaced by native oaks and other species, which require less water, provide more resources and are more likely to thrive. While you can certainly continue to install palms in Beverly Hills, there are a number of other options, that deserve consideration before you make your decision.
Some of the best trees for Beverly Hills properties include:
Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
Coast live oaks are native trees that play important roles in local ecosystems. They are quite drought resistant and well-suited for southern California’s Mediterranean climate. Accordingly, they are among the most environmentally friendly and low-maintenance trees you could select for your Beverly Hills home. Coast live oaks can grow as large shrubs or proper trees, and they occasionally reach 75 feet in height, although most are much smaller.
Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)
The western redbud is a great choice for small areas and most thrive in suburban locations. Rarely exceeding 25 feet in height, these native trees will grace your yard with pink to purple flowers in the spring, beautiful rounded leaves in the summer, and pendulous seedpods that often persist into the fall and winter.
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.)
Crape myrtles(sometimes spelled crepe myrtles) are very popular trees for urban and suburban areas, and the tolerate most of the indignities associated with life in these areas. Crepe myrtles have very attractive, smooth bark, and gorgeous flowers (ranging from white to pink) in the summer. While they may exceed 30 feet in height, most are pruned regularly to keep them much smaller.
Maidenhair Tree (Gingko biloba)
The maidenhair of gingko tree is a medium- to large-sized tree that is the sole remaining member of an ancient lineage. Though maidenhair trees are beautiful throughout the year, they are perhaps most stunning in the fall, when their golden leaves become the focal point of any landscape. Be sure to select male, rather than female maidenhairs, as the females have notoriously foul-smelling fruit.
Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
Native to South America, jacaranda trees are commonly planted throughout southern California. Upon seeing one in full bloom, it is easy to understand why they are so popular: They produce huge numbers of blue to purple flowers, which last for two months or longer. Jacarandas often thrive in the Beverly Hills area, but they require a spacious growing area, as they can grow up to 60 feet in height.
California Sycamore (Platanusracemosa)
If you are after fast growth and large mature size, it’s hard to go wrong with the California sycamore. Native to much of the Californian coast, sycamores are most comfortable in riparian areas, but they can thrive in other areas as long as they are provided with supplemental irrigation. Sycamore bark is truly eye-catching, and provides visual interest even during the winter.
If you’re considering adding new trees to your property, or removing and replacing some of the ones already there, give your friends at Evergreen Arborist Consultants a call. One of our experienced arborists can analyze your property and suggest the species that are most likely to thrive and meet any needs you may have.