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The Legacy of the Coral Trees
San Vicente Boulevard, once a route for the Red Car and a bridle path, was formed into a city park district in the 1940’s. The Coral Tree, a native of South Africa, was selected to grace the median of Brentwood’s “main street.” It is believed that Hugh Evans, owner of the well known Evans and Reeves Nursery on Barrington, was the first to plant these magnificent trees in Los Angeles.

The Coral Trees have since been declared the Official Tree of Los Angeles and in 1976, the San Vicente Corals, which began as cuttings from a tree in Evan’s exotic Santa Monica garden, were designated a Cultural Historic Monument #148.
By 1982, the Coral Trees were collapsing at an alarming rate. The City was pruning every seven years despite experts’ insistence that they be pruned annually to preserve them. In response, the Brentwood Community SOS Coral Tree non-profit raised funds for proper maintenance.

In 2010, due to the City budget, care has been eliminated for the Coral Trees. It is urgent that we provide a permanent endowment to care for and protect our trees. Please help ensure Brentwood’s legacy by donating generously.

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On 3/7/1995, the State of California
Designated the Coral Trees of Brentwood as an Historic-Cultural Monument



About the Work of the Coral Tree Endowment





After the red car line running along the Brentwood median was removed in the 1940s, our community resolved to plant trees where the tracks once lay.  Erythrina Caffra, a coral tree native to South Africa, was chosen as the suitable tree.

These trees have become the icon for Brentwood and a cherished vision as they are interesting to look at and stately in a row of 120 trees planted on a 20 block median.

In the 1980s, the residents were concerned about the city’s inadequate care of these beautiful trees.  Coral trees are fragile; limbs break relatively easily and too much water can cause them to fall.  Tree experts advise that these trees be pruned at least once a year.  
  The community is raising money for an endowment to pay the costs because the City of Los Angeles does not care for trees due to budget cuts.  Each year a drive in the spring raises funds to provide trimming. We encourage all people who love trees to help support this effort.  Each year the pruning is $30,000.  Excess raised goes in to the endowment.