Articles From : Tree Man Dave

  • July Tree of the Month: Mexican Palo Verde

    The Mexican Palo Verde could well be the best tree for our future, given the increasingly hotter and drier climate that is predicted for Santa Barbara.

  • June Tree of the Month: Peppermint Tree

    With its arched and weeping branches, the Peppermint Tree has the graceful elegance of a weeping willow.

  • May Tree of the Month: Blue Hesper Palm

    As if the Blue Hesper Palm’s stunning bluish-gray fronds weren’t enough to make this palm stand out in any landscape, its long arching inflorescences are so incredible that they force you to stop and gaze in amazement.

  • April Tree of the Month: African Coral Tree

    The African Coral tree is one of the most spectacular of flowering trees.

  • March Tree of the Month: Golden Trumpet

    The Golden Trumpet Tree steals the show in any landscape, because it has the most intensely yellow - and stunning - display of flowers.

  • February Tree of the Month: Coast Redwood

    Awe-inspiring, breathtaking, amazing, and spectacular - just a few of the superlatives used for old growth Coast Redwoods.

  • January Tree of the Month: Red Ironbark Tree

    The Red Ironbark is a beautiful broadleaf evergreen tree that is truly remarkable in the great variability of its size, growth habit, bark, and flower color.  This can make identifying it - or even describing it - a bit tricky.

  • December Tree of the Month: Brazilian Pepper

    The Brazilian Pepper Tree puts on a dazzling show this time of year - not with flowers but with shiny green foliage and clusters of bright red fruit. 

  • November Tree of the Month: Eugenia

    You might be thinking - “Wait a minute - Eugenia isn’t a tree - it’s a hedge!”  Well, you would be partly right.

  • October Tree of the Month: Holly Oak

    The Holly Oak, a stately evergreen tree, was first introduced into California in 1858 and is now widely planted as a street tree and shade tree in Santa Barbara.

  • 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.

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