Marina Tree and Garden Club

Heritage Trees on Beach Street

Marina Trees

Welcome to the updated Marina tree page! Our community needs more healthy trees to provide beauty, character and identitify a sense of place. Our club wants to help by providing our collective observations regarding trees in Marina to encourage planting "the right tree for the spot."

Changes to the Old list

PLEASE NOTE: Some trees on our historical list are no longer recommended. Although these trees may grow very well in Marina - considerations are now given to:

Allergen Species

Cold intolerance


Invasive Species


Allergen Species

The following trees are not recommended for public areas as they are known allergens and can cause severe to moderate reactions for some people. For more information on other plants that cause allergies visit

Cupressus macrocarpa - Monterey Cypress

Olea europaea - Olive

Quercus agrifolia - Coast Live oak

Cold intolerance

The 2007 cold snap devastated the New Zealand Christmas trees and many did not recover. An older established tree may be able to withstand sustained cold snaps with only topical burning and regrowth from an established root, but this is generally a cold sensitive tree. There are more cold tolerant tree choices that we would rather recommend.

Metrosideros excelsus - New Zealand Christmas Tree


Myoporum laetum was THE main street tree in Marina for decades. It seemingly thrived in the wind and sand without any summer water and managed to look glossy all year round. This all changed when the Myoporum Thrip was introduced in to Southern California and worked its way up to the central coast about 10 years ago. Now every Myoporum that is still living shows some degree of infection and stress. It is only a matter of time before no healthy species will be found on our streets. For more information on the thrip and possible solutions for infected trees visit this article by Robert Muraoka

Myoprorum laetum - Lollypop Tree

Goodwill Garden


Invasive Species

These trees grow GREAT in our area, but sadly they will reseed freely and plant themselves in many locations causing long term maintenance problems. Although there may be specific situations in which - say for example a Monterey Cypress - would be preferred over other less invasive species - we caution for careful consideration before planting. For more information on invasive plant species in general visit

Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' - Purple Acacia

Acacia salicina - WIllow Acacia

Cupressus macrocarpa - Monterey Cypress

Leptospermum laevigatum - Australian Tea Tree (all over Fort Ord!)

Pinus radiate - Monterey Pine


New Street Tree List

COMING SOON - our new selected list for street conditions that include criteria for climate hardiness, poor soil, low water, size and sidewalk strip conditions. A working draft can be downloaded here.


Lyonothamnus floribundus


Historical Tree List

The original tree list still has good information about many trees that have been observed growing in locations around the city. Viewing the trees locally may help inform selecting a tree for a yard, street or other space. Please note that some of the trees listed may not be good street trees. Review the criteria ratings and choose wisely! Historical Tree List


Oak and Ceanothus

Photos: Juli Hofmann


For more information on Arborists, Fruit Trees, Plant Nurseries and local informational links visit our links page.