Articles From : Tree Man Dave

  • September Tree of the Month: Jelly Palm

    The Jelly Palm’s distinctive crown, a big ball of recurving blue-green fronds, makes it an easily identified tree in the landscape.    

  • August Tree of the Month: Water Gum

    The Water Gum is as close as you can get to a “perfect tree” for ornamental purposes in Santa Barbara.

  • July Tree of the Month: Pink Flame Tree

    With its stout bottle-shaped trunk, combined with distinctive flowers, seed pods, leaves, and bark, the “Pink Flame Tree” certainly qualifies as one of the most bizarre-looking trees growing in Santa Barbara.

  • June Tree of the Month: Snowy Fleece

    In full bloom, the “Snowy Fleece Tree” is truly remarkable.  When it is dressed up in all its cream-colored fluffy flowers, this common name is a perfect wintery description of its appearance in spring.

  • May Tree of the Month: Southern Live Oak

    Considering its home territory, it is hard to believe that the Southern Live Oak would survive in Santa Barbara. Surprisingly, it not only survives but seems to thrive, even through our severe droughts.  

  • April Tree of the Month: Lemon-Scented Gum

    Perhaps the first thing you notice about a Lemon-Scented Gum tree is its unique bark - pinkish-white and perfectly smooth.

  • March Tree of the Month: Moreton Bay Fig

    Without a doubt, Santa Barbara’s most famous tree is the Moreton Bay Fig tree located on the grounds of our historic train station.

  • February Tree of the Month: Cork Oak

    The Cork Oak’s most notable and unique characteristic is its thick bark - a beautiful texture of the pale-gray trunk mixed with deeply fissured dark-brown vertical furrows.

  • January Tree of the Month: Indian Laurel Fig

    The Indian Laurel Fig makes a grand statement - and has a strikingly large presence along many of our major thoroughfares.

  • December Tree of the Month: Stone Pine

    When local residents hear the words “Stone Pine”, they instantly think of the massive trees on Anapamu Street that, for many years, formed a continuous arboreal canopy over the roadway from Milpas to Garden.

  • November Tree of the Month: Chinese Pistache

    Want to see in Santa Barbara leaf colors that rival the hardwoods of New England?  Look no further than the Chinese pistache.

  • October Tree of the Month: Australian Willow

    The Australian willow is as graceful and beautiful as a weeping willow by a cool stream - but is as drought-tolerant and hardy as a Eucalyptus in the dry heat.

  • September Tree of the Month: Island Oak

    Island oak, the rarest oak in California, also happens to be one of the best broadleaf evergreen trees to plant in Santa Barbara, because it is such a stunning shade tree and because it is native to our area.

  • August Tree of the Month: Chinese Elm

    For a beautiful shade tree that looks good all year long, you can’t beat the Chinese Elm. 

  • July Tree of the Month: Brisbane Box

    The Brisbane box tree can best be described as a beautiful, refined, and well-behaved Eucalyptus tree.

  • June Tree of the Month: King Palm

    The King Palm is the patriarchal monarch of all palms because of its elegant fronds, beautiful symmetry, and tropical effect in the landscape. 

  • May Tree of the Month: Camphor Tree

    This time of year, if you see a tree from a distance that looks like billowing clouds of lime-green cotton candy, it is most likely a Camphor Tree.

  • April Tree of the Month: Victorian Box

    The sweet perfumed air that has been wafting through Santa Barbara for the last several weeks is scented, in large part, from the “Victorian Box Tree”

  • March Tree of the Month: Monterey Cypress

    The Monterey cypress is recognized, worldwide, as the iconic tree of the California Coast.

  • February Tree of the Month: Olive Tree

    The image of a Mediterranean garden is not complete without a picturesque olive tree.

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