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trees for summer & autumn coursework

Trees for summer & autumn highlight notable seasonal features such as changing leaf color, blooms, or fruit.  This does not mean that many of the species listed here are unremarkable during winter and spring. Instead, they may provide additional benefits in more than one or two seasons.  Their categorization by season is intended to be helpful to students to remember their unique qualities. 

The following list is fluid, meaning it will change as new information is made available, including new species and status on campus.  We welcome any updates, corrections, or comments to continue to make this page useful to students at West Valley College.

If a scientific name is linked, please feel free to find additional information via this website.

scientific name

Acer buergerianum

Acer campestre

Acer circinatum

Acer macrophyllum

Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Seiryu'

Acer rubrum

Albizia julibrissin

Alnus rhombifolia

Arbutus 'Marina'

Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'

Brachychiton populneus

Callistemon citrinus

Carpinus betulus

Celtis sinensis

Ceratonia siliqua

Chilopsis linearis

x Chitalpa tashkentensis

Chorisa speciosa

Cornus kousa

Corymbia ficifolia

Cotinus coggygria

Eriobotrya deflexa

Eucalyptus sideroxlyon

Fagus sylvatica

Ficus microcarpa 'Nitida'

Fraxinus angustifolia oxycarpa 'Raywood'

Fraxinus uhdei

Ginkgo biloba

Koelreuteria paniculata

Lagerstroemia indica

Lagunaria patersonii

Liquidambar styraciflua

Lophostemon confertus

Maackia chinensis

Magnolia grandiflora

Maytenus boaria

Melaleuca linariifolia

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Myoporum laetum

Notholithocarpus densiflorus  (Lithocarpus densiflorus)

Nyssa sylvatica

Olea europaea

Pinus edulis

Pistacia chinensis

Platanus racemosa

Platanus x acerifolia

Populus tremuloides

Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud'


Punica granatum

Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'


Quercus agrifolia

Quercus coccinea

Quercus ilex

Quercus lobata

Quercus suber

Quercus virginiana

Salix babylonica

Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea

Schinus molle

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Styphnolobium japonicum

Styrax japonicus

Tamarix aphylla

Taxus baccata

Tipuana tipu

Triadica sebifera (Sapium sebiferum)

Ulmus parvifolia

Zelkova serrata

common name

trident maple

hedge maple

vine maple

big leaf maple

Japanese maple

red laceleaf Japanese maple

threadleaf Japanese maple

red maple


white alder

strawberry tree

dwarf strawberry tree

bottle tree


European hornbeam



desert willow


floss silk tree

kousa dogwood; Korean dogwood

red flowering gum

smoke tree

bronze loquat

red ironbark

European beech

Indian laurel; Chinese banyan

Raywood ash


evergreen ash


golden rain tree

crape myrtle

primrose tree

American sweet gum

Brisbane box

Chinese maackia

Southern magnolia


flaxleaf paperbark

dawn redwood


tanbark oak


sour gum


piñon pine

Chinese pistache

California sycamore

London plane tree

quaking aspen

Thundercloud purple-leaf flowering plum


Chanticleer flowering pear


coast live oak

scarlet oak

holly oak

valley oak

cork oak

southern live oak

weeping willow

blue elderberry

California pepper

Japanese stewartia

Japanese pagoda tree

Japanese snowdrop tree

athel tree

English yew

tipu tree

Chinese tallow tree

Chinese elm

sawleaf zelkova

campus location

Science & Math

Cilker: Native Plant Garden





Language Arts



Cilker: South Dry Creek Bed

Cilker: North Garden




Music: North Walk

Music: West

Student Services Center







Baseball Bleachers



Learning Services


Student Services Center / Parking Lot

Science and Math

Off campus (Fruitvale Avenue)?



Cilker: North




Learning Services

Che: North Walk

Science and Math





Parking Lot 4; Career Way


Off campus: Fruitvale Avenue

Fox; Vasona Creek

Student Services

Science and Math

Physcial Education



Campbell Community Center; Campus Center

Cilker; Throughout Campus


Community Education




Vasona Creek; Science and Math

Community Education







Campus Circle; Multiple Locations

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