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What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

Posted by central_cali369 USDA z9b/ Sunset z9 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 11:44

Hi everyone,

I travel quite a bit into the Bay Area from the Central Valley for work and when I get a chance, I'll stop at nurseries to look for plants not normally carried in Central Valley nurseries. I see this tree planted throughout the Bay Area and I really like the look of it. Could anyone identify it by the photos below? This one is near the Grand Theater in Oakland. Sorry for the blurred photos, they were taken on a windy day with my phone.


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RE: What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

Here is a close up of the foliage.


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RE: What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

Looks like:

Lophostemon Confertus
previously called: Tristania Conferta

Common name Brisbane Box, Brush Box, Vinegartree.

I just planted 5 shading the west side of my house from the brutal SoCal sun.


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RE: What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

I thought it looked like a eucalypt! Thanks for the help


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RE: What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

Brutal sun. Whats that? lol. I need an ID for that...


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RE: What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 13, 14 at 22:14

The tree is not planted away from the coast because it's not very freeze tolerant. In Queensland, Australia it's a rainforest tree that gets 2 to 3x taller than it grows in California. The trees can be very beautiful with peeling bark revealing madrone-like rosy smooth trunks.


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RE: What tree is this? (Near Oakland)

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 13, 14 at 22:17

The tree is not planted away from the coast because it's not very freeze tolerant. In Queensland, Australia it's a rainforest tree that gets 2 to 3x taller than it grows in California. The trees can be very beautiful with peeling bark revealing madrone-like rosy smooth trunks.


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