Santa Cruz County has a wide assortment of tree species grown and some great examples located in public spaces. Trees are covered like a field guide. Walking and Driving tree tours are listed on the right. I am looking for the best trees in the county. Looking for help? Find a great specimen? Let me know.
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Friday, November 14, 2014
Cussonia paniculata sinuata - Mountain Cabbage Tree
The Mountain Cabbage Tree is a slow growing small tree, much like a dracaena with a swollen trunk designed to hold water. South African native, tolerant to about 20*F. Ours in the garden showed some cold damage at 22, losing some of the newer foliage.
Leaves are clustered at the tip of the plant.
Evergreen leaves are palmately compound, 2-3' long, mostly petiole, with 10 or so bluish green, deeply dissected or lobed leaflets.
Flowers after many years, yellow tiny flowers on a woody stalk.
Trunks are deeply furrowed, usually single when young but later may be branched after initially flowering.