By Suzanne Sproul
Trees are the ultimate landscape accent pieces to set the tone of your outdoor space. And now is the ideal time to plant them and their smaller cousins, shrubs.
While standards such as oaks, maples and birches provide shade and sanctuary, don’t forget to add varieties that lay the foundation for future wow-worthy displays. These sometimes forgotten additions can add gorgeous foliage, flowers and fruit.
Monrovia Nursery suggests these that are appropriate for Southern California –
Teddy Bear Southern Magnolia: A compact, evergreen tree with large fragrant spring flowers and shiny, dark-green leaves with reddish-brown undersides. Great choice for a lawn tree. Reaches up to 20 feet tall and 10-feet wide.
Summer Chocolate Mimosa: Extremely popular in the hot and humid South, the tree produces chocolate/burgundy leaves and sweet-smelling pink powder-puff flowers that bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love. Reaches 20 feet tall and 15-feet wide.
Fragrant Himalayan Champaca: Projects a scent said to combine the fragrances of freesia, plumeria, orange blossoms and Southern Magnolia. The evergreen retains its fragrance from spring to summer. Reaches up to 30 feet tall.
Arapaho Crape Myrtle: This tree explodes in late summer (July to September) with red flowers. It doesn’t seem to mind high temperatures. Reaches 20 feet tall and 10-feet wide.
Kadota Fig: Displays large sculptural leaves and produces sweet late-summer fruit. Doesn’t mind containers. Reaches up to 25 feet tall.