Featured Trees of Sunkist Villas

Liquidambar straciflua AMERICAN SWEET GUM

This beautiful tree is a native from the eastern United States. It is best known for it's remarkable fall color when the soft 5pointed green maple like leaves change color. The colors can range from bright yellow, deep crimson red and many shades in between. The flowers are inconspicuous and the fruit is a spiny ball that hangs from the trees in the winter. Liquidambars grow between 30-60 feet tall and many have been planted throughout Sunkist Villas and offer a beautiful display in the fall.


Eucalyptus polyanthemos SILVER DOLLAR EUCALYPTUS

This native to Australia is widely planted in the California and Arizona landscapes. These trees were first introduced to California in 1856 and now are a very popular tree. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus is best known for its usually shaped round leaves that resemble a silver dollar. The trees have creamy white flower clusters in the spring and summer and seed capsules after. The tree also has a distinct silver color to them and you can spot them as they flutter in the wind.


Eriobotrya japonica LOQUAT

This handsome tree has large 6-12" long leathery leaves, that are deep green above and a rust-colored wool beneath.  The flowers are small dull wooly white 3-6 inch cluster borne in fall.  These are fragrant but not showy.  The yellow/orange fruit is borne in clusters and most are edible especially if they are of a grafted variety.


 

Lagerstroemia indica CRAPE MYRTLE

These very striking trees come from China. Crape Myrtles have been repudiated as the "trees of the valley" for its beautiful crape like flowers that bloom from July through September. Colors range comes in shades of red, rose, deep or soft pink, rosy orchid, purple and white. In Sunkist Villas they add lots of color and even in winter when they lose all their leaves to show off their attractive trunk structure. Smooth gray or light brown bark flakes off to reveal smooth, pinkish inner bark

 

 


Pinus halepensis ALEPPO PINE

Allepo pine trees come from the Mediterranean region and give a rugged hardy flavor to Sunkist Villas. The needles grow in pairs and are 2 ½ to 4 inches long. The overall shape of the pine tree is round and affords a beautiful foreground to the mountains that flank our complex.


Pinus canariensis CANARY ISLAND PINE

These fast growing Pine trees are planted thoughout Sunkist Villas.  They grow in a vertical pyramid form with a naturally formed tiered structure.  The new growth is a beautiful blue-green that darkens with age. The needles are bundles of 3s and are 9-12 inches long. The Canary Island Pines have the same overall form as the Liquidambars AMERICAN SWEET GUMS and marry well as the evergreen supporting structure.


 

Eucalyptus sideroxlon 'Rosea' PINK IRONBARK

Pink Ironbark is another beauty from Australia and is known for it's deeply furrowed, rich reddish brown trunk that contrast the light fluffy weeping blue-green leaves.  The flowers are a beautiful light pink to pinkish crimson flowers and produces in the spring and summer.


Platanus racemosa CALIFORNIA SYCAMORE

This is a native of California foothills and Coast Ranges. The main trunk has patchy, buff-colored smooth bark. The branches and trunks tend to lean and curve that give it a picturesque California look we are so familiar with. The leaves are deeply lobed and are yellowish green. In the fall the leaves turn a dusty brown and have ball-like seed cluster that hang three to seven together along a single stalk.

 


Prunus sp. FLOWERING PEACHES AND PLUMS

These beautiful ornamental trees offer a lovely display of flowers in early spring. The flower display is so abundant that many have been bred only to give a show of flowers without messy fruits


Pyrus kawakamii EVERGREEN PEAR

These beautiful fruitless pears have glossy, drooping, oval pointed leaves. The trunks are nearly black and are a striking contrast in early spring when the trees produce a profusion of pure white flowers.

 

Sunkist Villas is nearly 30 years old and it enjoys having a mature landscaping which gives us our beautiful Big Bear look. Our mature plants and trees are both a benefit with it's looks and also a great responsibility with all the needed upkeep and maintenance expense required.

The Landscaping Committee will be drawing up a list of plants and trees that homeowners can plant in their exclusive common use area if they choose to plant. We will also make up a list of plants and trees that are harmful to our environment and should not be planted anywhere.