Catalina Ironwood
Catalina Ironwood
Catalina Ironwood

This beautiful California native should be in more gardens. The young branches are reddish and the interesting bark peels off in long strips. The Catalina Ironwood has umbrella shaped creamy flower clusters that age to a burnt umber. The dark green, deeply toothed leaves provide a unique texture that contrasts with other trees and shrubs. These trees can withstand the sandy soil, salt air and winds of Marina and still look good.


Maximum height
20-35 feet tall & wide

Life Span
60 + years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 4*
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 5
Power Lines Proximity

5 (good choice)
Cost/Maintenance 5
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5
*note asterisk denote species will be shaped by a prevailing wind. Single trunk trained trees need more protection than multi-trunk to grow straight. Looks better planted in groves when there is much wind.

Location Catalina Ironwood trees can be seen planted along Del Monte Avenue by the new library.