Since its founding in 1974, Palisades Beautiful has promoted the planting of some 1500 street trees in parkways (between sidewalks and curbs) as a way of enriching our environment. If you would like to arrange a complimentary consultation to see if there might be room in your parkway for a new street tree – and to see which street tree species might work best for you there – please contact the Palisades Beautiful Street Tree Committee Chair, Michael G. Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be eligible to receive a free street tree from City Plants, according to your species preferences, subject to availability and the final approval for your planting location by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services Urban Forestry Division.
Here are some street tree species approved for narrower parkways in our area by the Urban Forestry Division, most of which are available through City Plants most of the time*:
*Cassia leptophylla (Gold Medallion Tree) [minimum 4' parkway width, requires structural pruning in early years] typically grows to 15’-30’ High x 15’-30’ Wide deep-yellow flowers, early to mid-Summer, mainly || semi-deciduous Origin: southeastern Brazil Cassia leptophyllaPhoto 1 (click to view) Cassia leptophyllaPhoto 2 (click to view)
Melaleuca nesophila (Pink Melaleuca) [minimum 4' parkway width, single-trunk specimens only] typically grows to 10’-30’ High x 6’-30’ Wide lavender to rose flowers, Spring to Summer || Evergreen Origin: Australia Melaleuca nesophilaPhoto 1 (click to view) Melaleuca nesophilaPhoto 2 (click to view)
*Pistacia chinensis (Chinese Pistache) [minimum 6' parkway width] typically grows to 25’-60’ High x 25’-50’ Wide insignificant flowers || yellow to red foliage, Autumn; Winter deciduous Origin: China Pistacia chinensisPhoto 1 (click to view) Pistacia chinensisPhoto 2 (click to view)
Note: Generally, homeowners are responsible for maintaining and improving their parkways while the City of Los Angeles has easements allowing municipal authorities to regulate and modify parkways in the public interest. Specifically, the planting, pruning, or removing of any street tree requires a permit from the Bureau of Street Services (see:bss.lacity.org).