common native trees in burbank california

California is blessed with many trees, but some of them aren’t native to the area. The commonest trees in Burbank, including Jacaranda, hail from Southern America and other parts of the world. However, there are native trees in Burbank, CA.

Some of the native trees in Burbank are scarce. However, you can easily find some, such as White Adler and Arroyo Willow spread around the area.

If you need any help caring and managing for your trees, you can get in touch with us. We provide a variety of tree services from planting to removal. Our arborist in Burbank will help you with any issue you may have with the trees on your property.

Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

Also called the California Live Oak, the Coast Live Oak is one of the common native trees you’ll find in Burbank. It is usually an evergreen tree that can live for up to a thousand years. It is usually more luxurious during the spring.

Coast Live Oaks can grow to reach a height of about 25 meters. During their younger years, they usually have a full crown with dense leaves. However, as they grow older, reaching over 70 years, they have fewer leaves and become more branched.

Their dark green and convex leaves are efficient at re-radiating heat. They also produce acorns that serve as a source of food for the native Americans.

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus cerulea)

The blue elderberry, also called blue elder, is a deciduous shrub that goes into dormancy during winter. It typically grows to a height of about 9 meters and can grow up to 6 meters wide. It habitually grows wildly, with branches arising from its numerous stems.

It grows luxuriantly and has many flowers around May to June, with its white or cream-colored flowers blooming. Despite the aesthetic appearance of its flowers, their unpleasant odor makes them undesirable to have around the home. 

They also produce berries that are distinguishable from other elderberries by the presence of some powder coatings on the juicy fruits. They are typically bluish-black and can cause nausea if eaten raw.

Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)

The Big Leaf Maple is native to the western area of North America, stretching from southern California to southern Alaska. It grows to an average height of about 20 meters, although it can reach as high as 48 meters, and grows a crown that is about 16 to 18 meters wide.

Its characteristic leaves are the largest of all maple trees, and they can be as wide as 30 centimeters. During autumn, the leaves turn yellow and gold; however, their conifers remain evergreen. By spring, they produce greenish-yellow flowers before they start producing new leaves.

Big Leaf maple trees have gray barks and their trunks become darker and ringed as they get older.

Western Sycamore (Platanus racemosa)

The Western Sycamore is also called the California Plane tree and it is found in different habitats around California, including along floodplains, streams, springs, and rivers. Its domineering frame can be found up to the northernmost parts of California, including Tehama.

The tree grows to a height of about 35 meters and a width of about 1 meter. Its trunk is usually large but gives rise to three other trunks from which branches emerge. They combine many colors, including pinkish-gray, beige, and pale brown, in patches on their trunk that become darker as they age.

Its leaves have between three to five pointed lobes and they can grow as wide as 25 centimeters. They start as wooly translucent green leaves but turn to golden and orange-red leaves that are shed by fall.

The Western Sycamore tree is hard to work with and is mostly used as blocks for butchers.

White Alder (Alnus rhombifolia)

The White Adler is a deciduous tree that adapts to a wide range of habitats, including places with poor soil. Due to its ability to fix nitrogen into the soil, it tolerates infertile soil, and can therefore be found in areas stretching from British Columbia to Southern California.

The tree grows to about 35 meters in height. It has smooth pale gray bark during its young years but becomes scaly as it ages. Its leaves are similar to the red alder tree except that its margins are fine. The leaves can be up to 10 centimeters long and 5 centimeters broad.

It produces flowers in catkins – male and female. The male catkins occur in two to seven clusters, and they’re yellowish, long, and slender. The female catkins appear oval.

Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)

Roble or Valley Oak is a native tree you’ll find in Burbank. It is commonly found in the valleys and foothills of San Diego and Siskiyou counties. It is adaptable to cold winters and hot summers but requires a generous amount of groundwater to thrive.

Valley Oak grows to attain a height of 30 meters or more. Its width can reach more than 3 meters.  Its thick trunk bears branches that grow irregularly, spreading and arching to create a leafless silhouette. Its leaves have a velvety feel with a matte green on their surface. The underneath leaves have pale-green coloration.

Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Also called red brush, American dogwood, or creek dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood is a deciduous shrub that spreads through its underground stolons.

As a medium-tall shrub, it grows to about 4 meters tall and 5 meters wide. When its branches are exposed to direct sunlight, they are usually red and form a dense thicket.

Its leaves are dark green but turn red or purple in fall. The leaf stalks have white piths that are similar to other dogwoods.

Engelmann Oak (Quercus engelmannii)

Also called Pasadena Oak, the Engelmann oak is native to southern California. It is a small evergreen tree that grows up to 10 meters tall. It can be susceptible to long dry spells that cause it to become deciduous. However, its rounded canopy is hard to miss.

It has a thick bark that is grayish-brown and furrowed. Its leaves are leathery and green. They can grow up to 6 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide.

Hollyleaf Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia)

Evergreen cherry, as it is sometimes called, is an edible fruit-producing shrub tree that is found from coastal California to Baja California and the Mojave desert. It is commonly cultivated for its fruits and adapts well to droughts.

It is a small tree that can reach up to 15 meters in height. Its leaves are hard, dark green, and shiny when mature. They have spiny margins and can grow to about 12 centimeters in length.

The cherry it produces is fleshy and smooth. It has a sweet taste and can be fermented to make intoxicating drinks.

Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis)

Arroyo Willow can be found throughout California. It grows in valleys, canyons, wetlands, and pond shores. It is a deciduous shrub that grows as tall as 10 meters and has many trunks.

Their lanceolate leaves are long and broad. They have whitish hairs on their underside that they lose during summer. They produce their yellow flowers during early spring and they bloom around February to May.

Final Thoughts

The common native trees in Burbank are deciduous and evergreen. However, because Burbank is a valley area, you can expect to have more evergreen trees and shrubs. Some of these trees are suitable to grow at home as they offer edible fruits and colorful flowers at certain times of the year.

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