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Patio shade tree for Sunset Zone 17

8 years ago

I am trying to come up with a small (20-25 ft) shade tree for a new patio. The garden I am working on is a dry garden and ultimately will have a combination of succulents and CA natives, so I'm looking for something that would suit this look. Ideally, I would like a CA native with a spreading habit, but am having difficulties with a good choice. My initial thoughts were Cercis occidentalis or Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman', but neither seems reliably tall enough around here. Appreciate any thoughts? If I can't find a suitable CA native, I may opt for fall color.

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