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Make your installation a success with uncommon trees.

Lyonothamnus floribundus | Pacific Nurseries

Unusual trees make dramatic visual statements in any landscape

Are you getting tired of installing the same old Olive or Magnolia tree over and over again? It’s time to get out of your rut and consider some of the other great tree options that we grow at Pacific Nurseries.

Think outside the box to make your clients happy.

Trees provide the essential structure and foundation for any successful landscape project. So if you’re looking for some out of the box inspiration for uncommon trees, we have a few recommendations below worth considering.

Michellia champaca alba

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Michellia champaca alba | Pacific Nurseries



On the top of my list for San Francisco is Michellia champaca alba. When this beauty blossoms, the perfume is extraordinary and it prefers to be out of the wind. As a small evergreen, growing 10 – 20 feet tall with large glossy leaves, it blooms intermittently year round with the heaviest bloom in the winter and summer seasons. Once you smell its fragrance in bloom, it’s hard to forget!

Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’

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Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’ | Pacific Nurseries



If you or your client is looking for something that grows big, fast, and makes a statement, take a look at our Fagus sylvatica hybrids which are commonly known as European Beech. We have a few different varieties but my favorite is ‘Riversii’ which has purple leaves and grows 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide. It has a beautiful smooth trunk of gray bark which contrasts beautifully with the leaves. While it is deciduous, it provides a sense of seasons and has a wonderful winter silhouette.

Lyonothamnus floribundus

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Lyonothamnus floribundus | Pacific Nurseries



For your discerning clients that have a preference for natives, we suggest the handsome Lyonothamnus floribundus. Also known as the Catalina Ironwood, this tree comes from the Channel Islands down in southern California. It’s an evergreen with interesting scalloped leaves and red bark that peels off in strips. It needs good draining soil and does well on the coast.

Podocarpus elongatus ‘Icee Blue’

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Podocarpus elongatus ‘Icee Blue’ | Pacific Nurseries



For a more unusual conifer look, consider the Podocarpus elongatus ‘Icee Blue’. It’s an incredibly clean evergreen tree which sheds little and grows slowly to 25 feet tall and wide. Its leaves are a unique gray/blue color and it creates an instant focal point anywhere in the garden.

Araucaria araucana

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Araucaria araucana | Pacific Nurseries



Finally, the most unusual tree of them all: Araucaria araucana, It’s also known as the Monkey Puzzle tree. It makes a weirdly skeletal statement because it appears to have no leaves but scaled branches instead. Because this unique specimen looks like no other tree in the world, it has been popular since the Victorian era. While slow growing in its youth, in a few decades it will eventually reach 70 to 90 feet tall and 30 feet wide. So make sure it has plenty of room before you install it for your customer.

Turn to the experts for ideas and help.

As both a grower and a plant broker, we’re ready to work with you to find the right plants and trees that will make your project a success. It’s one of the many qualities that makes us different from just an ordinary nursery. And it ensures that you’ll be able to create the masterpiece your client is looking for with an unlimited palette of plants.

Contact any of our experts online at Pacific Nurseries or just call 650.755.2330.

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