California is home to many beautiful trees, flowers, and grasses. Whatever your preference, there’s sure to be a plant to match it. This post takes a look at five of the most common California trees. Bonus, they’re beautiful and won’t break the bank on your water bill.

The Jacaranda tree is native to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Jacarandas do exceptionally well in Southern California. Jacaranda means “fragrant,” which should give you a clue as to why so many people love this flowering beauty.


This medium-sized tree is native to California. Sometimes categorized as a shrub, the Catalina cherry is a fast grower. Full size, the tree can range anywhere from 15-40 feet in height. In the spring, the tree is covered in beautiful white flowers. By autumn, the tree is covered in edible cherries.

Catalina Cherry Tree

The Velvet Ash is a medium sized tree. Often seen in parking lots or median strips, these trees enjoy partial sun and sandy soil. The Velvet Ash is a fast growing tree, reaching a height of 30-50 feet and a width of up to 60 feet.

Velvet Ash

The box elder is a large tree that thrives better in shade than full sun. A fairly tall tree, the 30-50 foot box elder grows quickly and can be found throughout much of California.

Box Elder

The western redbud boasts lovely magenta blossoms every spring. In autumn, you can observe this beauty in shades of red and yellow. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the western redbud’s color and blossoms.

Western Redbud

Western Redbud

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