Chris Greenwood's Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Trees for Southern California.
Chinese Fringe Tree - Chionanthus retusus
Chinese Fringe tree. Small tree that turns into a cloud of white every spring. Impressive display.
Camphor Tree - Cinnamomum camphorum
Camphor tree. Slow growing evergreen three with light green foliage that is set against the background of deep brown bark.
Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida
Dogwood. Lovely white flowers in April and May. I grow this small tree because the so-call 'experts' said I couldn't.
Stunning deep pink blossoms at a time when there is not much color in the garden. I have 'Spectrum' and 'Atlas'. Wow - what a show.
Golden Trumpet Tree - Tabebuia chrysostricha
Golden Trumpet tree. Impressive display of yellow blossoms in spring. Nice small garden tree.
Purple or Pink Trumpet Tree - Tabebuia impetiginosa
Good lawn tree. Great spring color. Easy to grow.