NOVATO CHASE TREE LIST EVERGREENS Gold Medallion Tree (cassia leptophylla) Type: Evergreen Size: 20-25 feet tall Foliage: Shapely, bushy spreading crown. Frong-like medium green compound leaves (12 pairs of leaflets on each frong-like leaf) Flowers: Showy yellow flowers bloom in summer Drought Tolerant: Yes, after consistent first year watering Root System: Non-invasive Negatives: 1) Large pods drop on ground in mature trees; 2) Some pruning needed to maintain pleasing shape Little Gem Southern Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) Type: Evergreen Size: 25 feet tall, 20 feet wide Foliage: Grows in upward pyramidal shape, not wide-canopy. Medium size glossy dark green leaves. Flowers: Fragrant white flowers in summer Drought Tolerant: Needs some watering first 2-3 years, then drought tolerant Root System: Non-invasive Negatives: 1) Leaf and flower drop late spring into autumn

Strawberry Tree (arbutus marina) Type: Evergreen Size: 15-40 feet tall Foliage: Broad, dense crown with dark green leaves Flowers: Hanging clusters of pink flowers in spring & fall Drought Tolerant: Yes Deer Resistant: Yes

Root System: Can be “somewhat” invasive Negatives: 1) Flowers mature into strawberry-colored fruit which drops onto ground; 2) Somewhat invasive root system

Firewheel Tree (stenocarpus sinuatus) Type: Evergreen Size: 25 feet tall, 15 feet wide Foliage: Medium-size green leaves with minimal leaf drop Flowers: Red/yellow tubular flowers in fall after tree matures Drought Tolerant: Yes, needs occasional deep watering Root System: Non-invasive Negatives: 1) Takes some time to look “established” – a little wispy looking as a young tree

Pepper Tree (schinus terebinthefolius) Type: Evergreen Size: 30 feet tall and wide Foliage: Large crown, small green leaves Fruit: red berry in winter Drought Tolerant: Yes Root System: Spreading shallow roots shouldn’t lift cement * Negatives: 1) * Shallow roots can spread around the tree and make it difficult to maintain other plantings under the tree, though the roots don’t normally lift sidewalks; 2) Not good in lawns, can develop root rot from wet conditions: 3) Very fast-growing

Lollypop Tree (myporum laetum) Type: Evergreen Size: 30 feet tall Foliage: Broad, dense crown with dark green leaves Flowers: Small white flowers in spring

Drought Tolerant: Yes Root System: Non-invasive Negatives: 1) Red fruit that drops after maturing; 2) Attracts birds. Tree can reseed in area from bird droppings.

DECIDUOUS Crape Myrtle Tree (lagerstoemia indica) Type: Deciduous Size: 25 feet tall, 20 feet wide Foliage: Medium-size green leaves, turning yellow-orange-red in fall Flowers: Pink, white, or lavender flowers during summer into fall Drought Tolerant: Yes, but needs periodic deep watering Root System: Non-invasive Negatives: 1) Leaf drop in fall

Flowering Plum Tree (prunus cerasifera) Type: Deciduous Size: 20-30 feet tall, 10-20 feet wide Foliage: Upright growth of red to dark purple leaves Flowers: White or pink flowers in spring Fruit: None if sterile tree is purchased (these are commonly available) Drought Tolerant: Needs some watering in first 2-3 years Root System: Non-invasive Negatives: 1) Not good in extremely windy locations; 2) Fruit drop if variety chosen produces fruit; 3) Leaf drop in fall

Japanese Maple Tree (acer palmatum) Type: Deciduous Size: Vary greatly in height depending on varieties * Drought Tolerant: Needs consistent watering first 1 – 2 years, then is moderately drought tolerant Root System: Non-invasive  Three Suggested Varieties: Red Leaf Variety (atropurpureum) Size: 10 – 20 feet high, 10 – 20 feet wide Foliage: Red leaves in spring which fade to green in summer, then turns yellow-orange-red in fall Coral Bark Variety (sango-kaku) Size: 20 – 25 feet high, 15 – 20 feet wide Foliage: Light green leaves, yellow-orange-red in fall, brilliant coral red bark in winter Bloodgood Variety Size: 15 – 20 feet high, 10 – 15 feet wide Foliage: Large deep red leaves in spring. Deepens to purple in summer, then crimson red in fall. This variety has heavier limbs than other japanese maples. Requires more watering than other varieties.

Chinese Flame Tree (koelreuteria bipinnata) Type: Deciduous Size: 20 – 40 feet tall, 20 feet wide Foliage: Oval green leaves turn yellow in fall Flowers: Long-lasting yellow flowers in late summer/fall Fruit: Papery husks in late summer/fall look like pink chinese lanterns Drought Tolerant: Needs water first year, then drought tolerant Deer Resistent: Yes Root System: Non-invasive roots

Negatives: 1) Straggly appearance as a young tree; 2) Leaf drop in fall

Hearts of Gold Redbud or Mexican Redbud (cercis canadenis) Type: Deciduous Size: 15 feet tall, 18 feet wide Foliage: Chartreuse light-green heart-shaped leaves Flowers: Small purple flower in early spring Drought Tolerant: Needs water first year, then drought tolerant Root System: Non-invasive roots Negatives: 1) Leaf drop in fall

Chinese Fringe Tree (chionanthus retusus) Type: Deciduous Size: 20 feet tall Foliage: Graceful tree with glossy medium green leaves Flowers: White flowers in spring Drought Tolerant: Needs watering for first 2-3 years, periodic after Root System: Non-invasive roots Negatives: 1) Leaf drop in fall