of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
Form - Semievergreen. Mature trees are densely round-headed with growth
to 20 - 30'. Erratic in form, may have drooping branches. Spectacular
when in bloom.
Trunk - Rough, dark brown, deeply furrowed.
Foliage - Light green leaves, darkening with age are leathery, broadly
oval to almost rounded, with a pointed tip. They are 2 1/4 - 4" long,
1 1/2 - 2 1/2" wide with finely toothed and wavy margins. Chill deepens
the red to scarlet fall coloring.
- Heavy blooming in January to March with masses of 3/4" white flowers
on terminal branches. Small oval clusters of black 3/4" fruits are seldom
pest problems are aphids and fireblight.
Sunset zones - 8, 9, and 12 - 24.
- Suitable for 4' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.
To avoid sprawling appearance, shorten framework branches to
upward facing buds or branchlets. Tolerant of many soils. more than moderate
summer watering when established.