Trees and Selected Shrubs of Old East Davis

An Annotated List

Prepared for Old East Davis Neighborhood Association


Prepared by Edward Whisler, Wildlife Biologist


Project:  This project was initiated to document the tree species (including shrubs with tree-like forms) in Old East Davis (OED). The trees inventoried included street trees, front yard trees (and a few backyard trees), and commercial property trees. Additional information was obtained from the City of Davis Landmark Trees list and the Street Tree maps. This list will be updated as needed. Sixty-one species or genera of trees were documented in OED. Errors in this document are the responsibility of the author.

Location:  This list of trees is specific to OED. The boundary of OED is: L Street on the east; 2nd Street railroad tracks on the south; I Street railroad tracks on the west, and Yale Drive on the north.

14 October 2016 (Final)

Common Name (Scientific Name) Deciduous/Evergreen Comments
Almond (Prunus dulcis) Deciduous Native to Asia Minor and North Africa. This tree produces edible nuts favored by humans and wildlife.
American Sweet Gum

(Liquidamber styraciflua)

Deciduous Native to eastern North America. Goldfinches eat the seeds of the spiny seedpods.
Birch (Betula sp.) Deciduous Needs regular water.
Blue Elderberry

(Sambucus nigra caerulea)

(Sambucus mexicana)

Deciduous shrub or tree Native to California and Davis. Typically a shrub or small tree. The berries are a wildlife favorite, especially the House Finch and Western Kingbird. The berries are often used in jams, jellies, pies, wine.
Blue Oak (Quercus douglasii) Deciduous Native to the California foothills.
Bradford (Callery) Pear

(Pyrus calleryana)

Deciduous Native to China. Planted along 5th Street.
California Black Walnut,  Hinds Walnut

(Juglans californica hindsii)

Deciduous Native to Sacramento Delta and north Bay Area. Used as a root-stock for grafting English walnuts. Many were planted along J and K Streets.
Camphor Tree

(Cinnarmomum camphora)

Evergreen Native to Asia. A Landmark Tree is located at 409 J Street.
Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis) Evergreen Native to Canary Island.
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) Deciduous Native to Asia. This tree has become a noxious weed.
Chinese Flame Tree

(Koelreuteria bipinnata)

Deciduous Related to the Goldenrain Tree.
Chinese Hackberry (Celtis sinensis) Deciduous Native to east Asia. Aphid honeydew creates a sticky mess on the pavement.
Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) Deciduous Native to China.
Chinese Tallow Tree

(Triadica sebifera), (Sapium sebiferum)

Deciduous Native to China. This tree is becoming an invasive weed in Yolo County and in the west.
Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Evergreen Native to the coastal fog-belt of the California Coast Ranges.
Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) Deciduous Native to eastern North America.
Cork Oak (Quercus suber) Evergreen Native to Mediterranean and North Africa. The cork is used for commercial products.
Cypress (Cupressus sp.) Evergreen Provides excellent shelter for wildlife.
Date Palm (Phoenix sp.) Evergreen This genus produces dates; some are used for commercial foods.
Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) Evergreen Native to Himalayas. A Landmark Tree is located at 334 I Street. Swainson’s hawks will nest in this species in OED.
English Walnut (Juglans regia) Deciduous Native to SE Europe and SW Asia. Often grafted onto black walnuts.
European Hackberry (Celtis australis) Deciduous Native to the Mediterranean.
European Sycamore, Sycamore Maple

(Acer pseudoplatanus)

Deciduous Native to Europe and western Asia.
Evergreen Euonymus

(Euonymus japonica)

Evergreen tree or shrub Native to Asia. Two Landmark Trees are located at 320 I Street.
Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakanii) Partially deciduous An ornamental pear.
Fig (Ficus sp.) Deciduous Figs are eaten by many wildlife species.
Flowering Almond

(Prunus amygdalus)

Deciduous Ornamental tree.
Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus) Deciduous Native to Asia Minor and southern Europe.
Formosan (Chinese) Sweet Gum

(Liquidamber formosana)

Deciduous Native to China.
Frontier (Chinese) Elm

(Ulmus parvifolia)

Deciduous Native to Asia.
Giant Sequoia, Big Tree

(Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Evergreen Native to the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.
Goldenrain Tree

(Koelreuteria paniculata)

Deciduous Native to China and Japan.
Green Mountain Linden, Silver Linden

(Tilia tomentosa)

Deciduous Native to Europe and western Asia.
Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) Deciduous Native to central and eastern U.S.
Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) Evergreen Native to mountains of western U.S.
Italian Cypress

(Cupressus sempervirens)

Evergreen Native to southern Europe and western Asia. Tall, slender trees.
Japanese (Sawleaf) Zelkova

(Zelkova serrata)

Deciduous Native to Asia. Related to American elms.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) Deciduous tree or shrub Native to Asia.
Juniper (Juniperus sp.) Evergreen A hardy tree that provides excellent wildlife shelter.
Kentucky Coffee Tree [Expresso]

(Gymnocladus dioica)

Deciduous Native to eastern U.S.
Little Leaf Linden (Tilia cordata) Deciduous Native to Europe.
Live Oak (Quercus sp.) Evergreen Excellent wildlife trees.
London Plane Tree (Blood Sycamore)

(Plantanus x hispanica)

Deciduous A hybrid sycamore between P. occidentalis and P. orientalis.
Loquat (Eriobotrya sp.) Evergreen Native to Asia.
Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba) Deciduous This ancient species is from China.
Modesto Ash (Fraxinus velutina) Deciduous Originated in Modesto. A cultivar of the Arizona Ash.
Morain Ash (Fraxinus holotricha) Deciduous
Natchez Crape Myrtle

(Lagerstroea indica)

Deciduous Native to China.
Olive (Olea europaea) Evergreen Native to the Mediterranean. The fruit needs processing for human consumption.
Plum (Prunus sp.) Deciduous
Privet (Ligustrum sp.) Evergreen
Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) Evergreen Native to Australia. The flowers are visited by hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) Deciduous Native to Asia.
Silk Tree, Mimosa (Albizzia julibrissin) Deciduous Native to Asia. The pink flowers are visited by hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.
Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum) Deciduous Native to eastern North America.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Evergreen Native to China. Rufous hummingbirds visit the flowers of this citrus during spring migration.
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum) Deciduous Native to Asia.
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) Deciduous Native to eastern U.S.
Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) Deciduous Native to California and Davis. Possibly North America’s largest oak. Important wildlife trees.
White Alder (Alnus rhombifolia) Deciduous Native to western U.S.  A streamside tree.
White Mulberry (Morus alba) Deciduous Native to China. The fruit is favored by wildlife, but the fruit can stain pavement.



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