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Make your installation a success with uncommon trees

Uncommon Trees | Pacific Nurseries
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 other uncommon trees 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.

Magnolia x alba

Common name | White Chempaka Magnolia
Magnolia x alba | Pacific Nurseries
Magnolia x alba | Pacific Nurseries
On the top of my list for San Francisco is Magnolia x 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′ 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’

Common Name | European Beech
Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’ | Pacific Nurseries
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 ssp aspleniifolius

CA Native  Common name | Catalina Ironwood
Lyonothamnus floribundus uncommon tree | Pacific Nurseries
Lyonothamnus floribundus | Pacific Nurseries
For your discerning clients that have a preference for natives, we suggest the handsome Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp aspleniifolius. 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’

Common Name | Cape Yellowwood
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Icee Blue’ | Pacific Nurseries
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 with an upright pyramidal form that sheds little and grows slowly to 25′ tall and 5-10′ wide. The dense growth and beautiful foliage color of this plant makes it a great choice for specimen planting in the ground or in large containers and for use as a screening hedge. It has dense foliage and can be sheared to create a formal hedge or shaped topiary. The most distinctive feature of this handsome tree is its unique gray/blue leaves. As a result, it creates an instant focal point in a Bay Area landscape.

Araucaria araucana

Common Name | Monkey Puzzle Tree
Araucaria Araucana | Pacific Nurseries
Araucaria Araucana | Pacific Nurseries
For an unusual, striking, evergreen tree, it’s hard to top the Araucaria araucana. In the landscape, it makes a weirdly skeletal statement because it appears to have no leaves. The short, pointed conifer leaves grow spirally around the branches. It has been popular since the Victorian era due to its distinctive appearance like no other tree in the world. As a slow-grower, it will eventually reach 50-80′ tall and 20-30′ wide in an umbrella form. It performs well in costal locations but make sure it has plenty of room before you install it for your customer.

Turn to the experts for uncommon trees + selection 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 make us different from just an ordinary nursery.

Our difference 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. And if you need a plant material Estimate or would like to place an Order, just click the button below to use our convenient ONLINE ESTIMATE FORM.

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