Looking for an Ideal shade tree in Los Angeles
Glad you started this post. As mentioned in the other, I loved the silk tree in my own backyard. It provided great shade and was super easy to maintain. The small leaves made it a great patio tree. It had interesting puffy sort of red blooms. It was deciduous and dormant in the winter though.
Ornamental plums, especially those with purple bark and leaves and pink flowers are nice cast shade trees but not so great if you want a canopy to sit under.
Evergreen/ornamental pears can be nice but like all the roots can be invasive. Magnolias have nice large leaves and huge flowers. They are easy to maintain and provide nice shade but their trunks have to be trimmed if you plan to take advantage of shade under them.
I will have to think of more of trees for your climate. Do think about getting a copy of the Sunset Western Garden Book. You will like having it. Your library should have other books on trees and other plants for your area.
Do you think you want fruit bearing trees by the way? They can be a mess but most any Mediterranean fruit or nut trees should do well in LALALand if you can get it past the early years and pollution shock. Olives, believe it or not, can make very picturesque and nice shade trees. You either have to commit to picking the olives or "neutering" the tree with a spray each season or the stench of the dropped olives will get you even before millions of fruit flies descend.
Sometimes clumping smaller trees together is a better approach to shade. Just more food for thought.
One thing I would encourage you to do as you start your planning is scale out your yard to paper while you have the chance and not a lot is planted in the way. Having a scaled drawing will let you move trees around and explore different groupings.
Be sure to plan and plant for the eventual size of the plant material whether shrub or tree. Most people make the mistake of planting young plants too close to fences, houses, garages etc. It makes it hard to maintain them and can lead to them being damaging.
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Last edited by sdsester; 06-14-2012 at 02:59 AM.