Trees in Benicia

Want to know more about trees in Benicia? Then you have come to the right place!

Let's start with the top ten trees found in City parks and other City property in Benicia, as indicated in the Municipal Tree Inventory:

Top Ten Species of Trees, based on the number planted, in City of Benicia - Municipal Tree Inventory

Botanical Name

Common Name

Count

Percent

Value

Pyrus calleryana

ORNAMENTAL PEAR

423

9.79%

$ 552,080

Populus nigra 'Italica'

LOMBARDY POPLAR

278

6.43%

$460,210

Pinus halepensis

ALEPPO PINE

245

5.67%

$1,084,980

Fraxinus velutina 'Modesto'

MODESTO ASH

229

5.30%

$118,980

Platanus acerifoia

LONDON PLANE

190

4.40%

$280,540

Quercus agrifolia

COAST LIVE OAK

186

4.30%

$604,360

Pinus canariensis

CANARY ISLAND PINE

162

3.75%

$557,860

Pinus radiata

MONTEREY PINE

149

3.45%

$544,690

Eucalyptus globulus

BLUE GUM

127

2.94%

$896,590

Pistacia chinensis

CHINESE PISTACHE

117

2.71%

$114,160

Other

OTHER

2,216

51.27%

$7,781,305

 

TOTAL

4,322

100.00%

$12,995,755

The total value of these inventoried trees is almost $13 million dollars. These are only trees under municipal jurisdiction (mostly trees on streets and in parks) and do not include trees on private land, school and industry sites, and over 600 acres of open space owned by Benicia (maintained by the Benicia Fire Department.

The top ten trees aren't necessarily the best trees to grow in Benicia, they are just the trees that the City has planted most frequently.  Experience from these plantings has demonstrated that some of these trees have significant flaws and should be avoided.  These include the Ornamental Pear (limb failure and fireblight), Modesto Ash (anthracnose and mistletoe), and Monterey Pine (pitch canker).  Trees that can grow well in Benicia if given the appropriate amount of moisture, are listed below.

City of Benicia
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Planter

Size

Botanical NameCommon NameHeightSpreadTypeWater Needs
2'+Arbutus 'Marina'Marina Arbutus3535evergreenlow
2'+Chionanthus retususChinese Fringe Tree2015deciduousmedium
2'+Eriobotrya deflexaBronze Loquat2525evergreenmedium
2'+Heteromeles arbutifoliaToyon2520evergreenlow
2'+Ilex altaclarensis 'Wilsonii'Wilson Holly2012evergreenmedium
2'+Lagerstroemia indicaCrape Myrtle2525deciduouslow
2'+Malus floribundaJapanese Flowering Crabapple1812deciduousmedium
2'+Malus floribunda 'Robinson'Robinson Crabapple2515deciduousmedium
2'+Photinia fraseriFraser Photinia1510evergreenmedium
2'+Tabebuia chrysotrichaYellow Trumpet Tree3020semilow
2'+Tristania laurinaWater Gum1510evergreenmedium
3'+Cercis canadensisEastern Redbud3530deciduousmedium

3'+

Cercis occidentalisWestern Redbud2015deciduouslow
3'+Crataegus phaenopyrumWashington Hawthorn2020deciduousmedium
3'+Eriobotrya japonicaJapanese Loquat2525evergreenlow
3'+Eucalyptus erythrocorysRed Cap Gum3025evergreenlow
3'+Pittosporum phillyraeoidesWillow Pittosporum2015evergreenmedium
3'+Podocarpus henkeliiLong-leafed Yellowwood3515evergreenmedium
5'+Acer buergerianumTrident Maple2525deciduousmedium
5'+Acer campestreHedge Maple4030deciduousmedium
5'+Acer griseumPaperbark Maple2525deciduousmedium
5'+Acer truncatum 'Pacific Sunset'Pacific Sunset Maple2525deciduousmedium
5'+Betula platyphylla japonicaJapanese White Birch5025deciduoushigh
5'+Brachychiton acerifoliusFlame Tree6045semilow
5'+Brachychiton populneusBottle Tree5045evergreenlow
5'+Callistemon viminalisWeeping Bottlebrush3015evergreenlow
5'+Calocedrus decurrensIncense Cedar9015evergreenlow
5'+Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'Pyramidal European Hornbeam4040deciduousmedium
5'+Eucalyptus gunniiCidar Gum7045evergreenlow
5'+Eucalyptus nicholiiNichol's Willow-leafed Peppermint4535evergreenlow
5'+Firmiana simplexChinese Parasol Tree3015deciduouslow
5'+Geijera parvifloraAustralian Willow3020evergreenlow
5'+Ginkgo biloba Maidenhair Tree5030deciduouslow
5'+Koelreuteria paniculataGoldenrain Tree3540deciduousmedium
5'+Laurus nobilisSweet Bay4040evergreenlow
5'+Laurus nobilis 'Saratoga'Saratoga Sweet Bay4040evergreenlow
5'+Lyonthamnus floribundus spp. asplenifoliusCatalina Ironwood4030evergreenlow
5'+Magnolia soulangianaSaucer Magnolia2525deciduousmedium
5'+Metrosideros excelsusNew Zealand Christmas Tree3030evergreenlow
5'+Nyssa sylvaticaTupelo5040deciduousmedium
5'+Ostrya virginianaAmerican Hophornbeam4040deciduouslow
5'+Pinus eldaricaAfghan Pine8050evergreenlow
5'+Pistacia chinensisChinese Pistache4530deciduouslow
5'+Podocarpus macrophyllusYew Pine5030evergreenmedium
5'+Quercus ilexHolly Oak5040evergreenlow
5'+Rhus lanceaAfrican Sumac3035evergreenlow
5'+Sophora japonica Japanese Pagoda Tree5050deciduousmedium
5'+Styrax japonicusJapanese Snowbell3030deciduousmedium
5'+Ulmus 'Prospector'Triumph Elm4030deciduouslow
5'+Ulmus parvifoliaEvergreen Elm5060semilow
5'+Vitex agnus-castusChaste Tree2520deciduouslow
8'+Acer negundoBox Elder3535deciduousmedium
8'+Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'Columnar Red Norway Maple6050deciduousmedium
8'+Aesculus californicaCalifornia Buckeye2030deciduousvery low
8'+Betula nigraRiver Birch8060deciduoushigh
8'+Brachychiton discolorPink Flame Tree6030semimedium
8'+Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'Blue Atlas Cedar6050evergreenmedium
8'+Cedrus deodaraDeodar Cedar8060evergreenlow
8'+Cinnamomum camphoraCamphor Tree5060evergreenmedium
8'+Halesia monticolaMountain Silverbell8035deciduousmedium
8'+Koelreuteria bipinnataChinese Flame Tree4040deciduousmedium
8'+Lophostemon confertusBrisbane Box4525evergreenmedium
8'+Magnolia grandifloraSouthern Magnolia8060evergreenmedium
8'+Pinus brutiaCalabrian Pine8050evergreenlow
8'+Pinus canariensisCanary Island Pine8035evergreenlow
8'+Pinus torreyanaTorrey Pine5025evergreenlow
8'+Platanus x hispanica  London Plane8040deciduouslow
8'+Platanus racemosaCalifornia Sycamore8050deciduousmedium
8'+Podocarpus graciliorFern Pine6025evergreenmedium
8'+Pterocarya stenopteraChinese Wingnut9050deciduousmedium
8'+Quercus acutissimaSawtooth Oak7070deciduouslow
8'+Quercus agrifoliaCoast Live Oak7080evergreenlow
8'+Quercus coccineaScarlet Oak8060deciduouslow
8'+Quercus douglasiiBlue Oak5070deciduouslow
8'+Quercus engelmanniiEngelmann Oak4590evergreenlow
8'+Quercus lobataValley Oak7070deciduouslow
8'+Quercus macrocarpaBur Oak7560deciduousmediuim
8'+Quercus palustrisPin Oak8040deciduousmedium
8'+Quercus rubraRed Oak7550deciduousmediium
8'+Quercus shumardiiShumard Oak8060deciduousmedium
8'+Quercus suberCork Oak6060deciduouslow
8'+Quercus virginianaSouthern Live Oak60100evergreenmedium
8'+Quercus wislizeniiInterior Live Oak7580deciduouslow
8'+Sequoia sempervirens  Coast Redwood100+30evergreenhigh
8'+Tilia americanaAmerican Linden6025deciduousmedium
8'+Ulmus parvifolia 'Frontier'Frontier Elm8050deciduouslow
8'+Ulmus wilsoniana 'Prospector'Prospector Elm4025deciduouslow
8'+Umbellularia californicaCalifornia Laurel7525evergreenmedium
8'+Zelkova serrataSawleaf Zelkova6060deciduousmedium