Orange County is home to more than one thousand five hundred native as well as natural species of trees. The county has been recognized to be one of the most enriched regions having the various kinds of plants and trees in the northern part of America. This statistic is despite the fact that the area houses more than three million people. This shows the preservation of the county in the open spaces it has to nurture the trees.
There are various kinds of trees that one can find in the county especially in Los Angeles. One species is called the Bailey acacia; its botanical name is Acacia baileyana. It is an evergreen tree with a measurement of 25’ by 30’. This medium sized tree is characterized by having a grayish green, fern looking leaves as well as a showy and feathery yellow flower that is usually observed during the spring season. The seedpod is relatively thin and has a greenish-brown husk. A gray and furrowed bark also characterizes the tree.
Another kind of species dominant in the orange county is the Norfolk Island pine; the botanical name is Araucaria heterophylla. This evergreen tree is bigger and has a measurement of 100’ by 60’. It has a very large conifer which has waxy and scaly leaves that have a dark green color with a distinctive silhouette. It is however not a real pine; it is characterized as a conifer that has large spine-like cones. It is also distinguished by the bark that is rough and is grayish brown.
The next tree species commonly found in the county is the Fern pine; its scientific name is the Afrocarpus falcatus. It is also an evergreen tree with an approximated measurement of 60’ by 45’. The tree’s thin leaves are noticeable with having a bluish grey color or a dark-green color at other times. It has fruits that are almost the same size as a cherry that is blue-grey when young but blossoms to a ripe fruit with a pale yellow-orange color. The tree is also diversified with a flaking bark that is grey to brown.
The other tree species on the list is the Marina arbutus which is also an evergreen tree. This tree is a hybrid of an unknown Arbutus species. It is characterized by a single as well as multiple trunked tree structure. It has leathery serrated leaves. The bark has red flakes and has a smooth lining underneath. The tree has clusters of flowers that are urn-shaped with a rosy-pink color. The fruits are red with a round, edible and bumpy fruit.
A well-known tree species that is also found in the orange county is the Mimosa; scientific name is Albizia julibrissin. It is a deciduous tree with a measurement of 40’ by 40’. It is a medium in size tree having fern-like leaves that are green in color. The tree is distinct by having a rounded cluster or many clusters of flowers that have a wispy light pink shade of color. These flowers are apparent, and the groups have a size of 1” these flowers are formed at the end of the twigs of the tree. The seedpods are leguminous and have the shape of a pea.
Another famous tree is the Purple Orchid tree; its scientific name is the Bauhinia variegate. It is a semi-evergreen tree with a different measurement of 20’ to 35’ by 20’ to 35’. It has its origins located in South East Asia. The tree has a showy variegated flower with a measurement of 3” to 4”. The color of the flowers ranges from pink to white. The leaves have two lobes which share a similarity to the Redbud.
Another tree that is commonly observed in the Orange County is the European white birch; its botanical name is Betula pendula. The deciduous tree has a measurement of 40 by 20 feet. This tree which is medium-sized is usually planted in residential areas. It has leaves that are medium green in color and are shaped in a teardrop with an additional toothed edge that turns yellow during the fall season. It is characterized by having a striking white bark with a patch or patches of black or dark grey. During the summer period, the tree produces fruits that are small and brown which have the shape of a cone.
These tree species are just a few of the various species found in the Orange County. There are others which have their characteristics and also have their distinct features. These stated above are the commonly notable ones.