Thread: What should I plant--Pasadena, CA

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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Pasadena, CA

    What should I plant--Pasadena, CA

    We have a tree in the front yard called a "Dragon Sapphire" (Paulownia Kawakamii). It started off looking like a broomstick handle about 10 years ago and now it is a monster, like something out of Little Shop of Horrors. It is a traffic stopper, strangers come to the door to find out what the heck it is! I have it trimmed by 50% each January after it sheds its ENORMOUS leaves and it immediately grows back. It is about 25 feet high right now. It is gorgeous for about 3-4 months, the rest of the time it is a nightmare, the branches crack and fall due to the weight of the horrid sticky fruits, the falling branches have damaged our neighbor's property.

    The city will not give us a permit to remove it even tho it is a non-native species. I am going to remove it anyway and hope nobody rats me out!

    I will need to replace it pronto. There are several jacarandas in the neighborhood that are pretty but I am worried the flowers will leve a mess on the neighbors yard. I am sure I have seen some jacaranda-type trees that do not flower. Does anybody know what this is?

    I want a tree that is leafy and green year round. The less mess the better. I hope to get a tree with lacy-like leaves. I would like a big, mature replacement tree.

    I went to the nursery today, their trees weren't big enough (I need to immediately create the illusion of a big tree) and the guy helping me didnt seem very knowledgable.

    I know a big tree will be pricey.

    Does anybody have any ideas of what I should plant? I do not want an oak tree.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Lincoln, Nebraska - Lancaster County (Zone 5)

    RE: What should I plant--Pasadena, CA

    Hello Eloise,

    Here is a list of thirteen native trees created by the City of Pasadena - Urban Forestry Program.

    I've also included a link to the Landmark, Native and Specimen Tree Removal section of the City of Pasadena Tree Protection Ordinance. Perhaps this information will help you to make your case should you apply to have your tree replaced with a more suitable species of tree.

    Landmark, Native and Specimen Tree Removal:

    Requests for the removal of a landmark, native and specimen tree will be denied unless one of the following findings is made:

    1. There is a public benefit, or a public health, safety, or welfare benefit, to the injury or removal that outweighs the protection of the specific tree (public benefit means a public purpose, service, or use which affects residents as a community and not merely as particular individuals); or

    2. The present condition of the tree is such that it is not reasonably likely to survive; or

    3. There is an objective feature of the tree that makes the tree not suitable for protection; or

    4. There would be a substantial hardship to a private property owner in the enjoyment and use of real property if the injury or removal is not permitted; or

    5. To not permit the injury or removal would constitute a taking of the underlying real property; or

    6. The project includes a landscape design plan that will result in a tree canopy coverage of greater significance than the tree canopy coverage being removed, within a reasonable time after completion of the project.

    For further information contact City of Pasadena, Parks and Natural Resources at 626.744.4321.

    Pasadena has been a Tree City USA for the last 15 years.
    Sincerely, Robert
    Lincoln, NE (Zone 5)

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
    - Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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