By Bill Klausing
Sonoma County Master Gardener
Once the first drops of rain fall on Sonoma County, fall is in the air. For the gardening enthusiast, the upcoming cool weather provides a great relief from the long, dry 2013 warm season and announces the premier weeks for planting trees in your landscape.
Evergreen plants provide many shades and textures for the winter landscape. At mention the word "evergreen," most people will immediately think of the conifer world, but a little thinking outside the box can yield a wide range of choices when adding winter foliage to your landscape. There are a wide variety of semi-deciduous or non-deciduous broadleaf evergreen trees that thrive in our local Mediterranean climate. Here are a few of my favorite selections:
Another selection which you can find in many locations here in Sonoma County is
Cinnamomum camphora is an evergreen tree which grows to 50-60 feet, and is found frequently among
A great native selection is Quercus agrifolia, the coast live oak, found generously throughout Sonoma County. Dark green, oval, spiny-toothed leaves really shine during the moist winter months. I get to enjoy an entire grove of Quercus agrifolia behind my property here in Santa
If you need a slightly larger tree for your space, the Magnolia grandiflora will do nicely. With a near 90 foot capacity, the Magnolia grandiflora will give you bright green glossy foliage year round, and provides those amazingly fragrant giant white blossoms all through the summer as well.
Whatever specimen you decide upon, a new tree varietal is always a welcome addition to your home landscape; a little extra planning will allow your own space to be a little more 'ever green'.