Palisades Beautiful started (in 1974) with the promotion of the planting of street trees in parkways (between sidewalks and curbs) in Pacific Palisades and it has continued in this mission – planting some 1200 trees along the way – while it has taken on additional beautification projects over the years. As Palisades Beautiful has evolved, so have the municipal programs working with it to facilitate the planting of appropriate street tree species in the various parkways around town. We currently coordinate our street tree selection and installation efforts with City Plants – the successor to Million Trees LA – which is a nonprofit organization allied with the City of Los Angeles. Palisades Beautiful is available to help start the application process with City Plants (for free street tree plantings) by consulting individually with Palisadians on the selection of appropriate species, given the particular conditions in their parkways. If you would like to arrange a such a free consultation to evaluate which trees might work best, please make a request through our Contact Page.
Alphabetical list of street tree species approved for narrow parkways, in our area, by City Plants (to date):
Cassia leptophylla (Gold Medallion Tree) [minimum 4' parkway width] 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)
Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Morning Cloud’ (Morning Cloud Chitalpa) [minimum 4' parkway width] typically grows to 20’-30’ High x 20’-30’ Wide pale-pink, patterned flowers, late Spring to Autumn || Winter deciduous Origin: Catalpa bignonioides x Chilopsis linearis hybrid Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Morning Cloud’Photo 1 (click to view) Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Morning Cloud’Photo 2 (click to view)
Melaleuca nesophila (Pink Melaleuca) [minimum 4' parkway width] 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 them 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 (BSS, see:bss.lacity.org).