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Wednesday - April 17, 2013

From: Carlsbad, CA
Region: California
Topic: Trees
Title: Fast growing non-invasive flowering tree from Carlsbad CA
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Looking for fast growing flowering tree with non-invasive roots.

ANSWER:

Would you like fries with that? Sorry, you at least didn't ask for evergreen and deer resistant, as some of our other clients have. We are always touched by the faith the public has in Mr. Smarty Plants coming up with anything they ask for. We must tell you that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, home of Mr. Smarty Plants, will recommend only plants native to North America as well as to the area in which those plants will be grown; in your case, San Diego County in the southwestern tip of California.

You are very fortunate that you live close to Las Pilitas California Native Plant Nursery in Escondido. Go to their site on trees native to California. Here is their mission statement:

"All we grow are native plants.

The Escondido nursery grows primarily for the San Diego, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties. We have some desert native plants, mountain plants and a lot of chaparral and coastal sage scrub plants. Which means, we have Manzanita, Ceanothus, Salvia, Buckwheat, California Fuchsia and many other native plants."

If you scroll down the Trees page, you can click on the pictures for enlargements, or click on the tree name for more information. Because they specialize in your area, they have many more trees and much more information than we have in our Native Plant Database. Using our database, we will search on Southern California plants, of which 208 were listed. When we sorted by Habit "tree" and Height of 12-36 ft. there were 9 on the resulting list. Following each plant link to our webpage on that tree, we have tried to select some that fit your specifications. Here is more information on our Recommended Species, from which our list is drawn:

"California-Southern Recommended

Commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Southern California. Visit our Suppliers Directory to locate businesses that sell native plants or seeds or provide professional landscape or consulting services in this state. Visit the Organizations Directory to locate native plant societies, conservation groups, governmental agencies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-related organizations in this state."

Small flowering trees for Southern California:

Chilopsis linearis (Desert willow)

Cornus nuttallii (Pacific dogwood)

Cercocarpus montanus var. glaber (Birch-leaf mountain-mahogany)

 

From the Image Gallery


Desert willow
Chilopsis linearis

Pacific dogwood
Cornus nuttallii

Smooth mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus montanus var. glaber

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