Arborists and Tree Care Professionals in Los Angeles

Although TreePeople has worked with some of these professionals, we make no warranties as to the quality of their work or their suitability for any particular job, and cannot be held liable for their performance or non-performance. Background and reference checking are the responsibilities of the contracting party.

Tree relocators
Tree removers
Tree adoption
Landscape designers and architects
Arborists
Registered consulting arborists
Tree care/trimmers, landscapers and landscape contractors
Tree and garden information
Graffiti removal from trees
Gardens
Native plants
Native plant landscape designers
Seeds and seedlings for sale
Christmas tree recyclers
Adopts live Christmas trees

Tree relocators

These businesses will remove an unwanted tree and replant it to another location. For referrals outside Los Angeles, look in the Yellow Pages under “Tree Service.”
 

Big Trees Nursery
http://www.bigtreesnursery.com; charlie@bigtreesnursery.com
(760) 480-6889
Escondido, CA
Unless there are a large number of high value trees, they confine their salvage operations to San Diego County, Southern Riverside & Orange County. Trees must be in good shape from three sides. Trees that they won’t take are: populus (cottonwood), ash, eucalyptus, queen palms, Mexican or CA fan palms unless you have 20, less than 20’ height.

Molly Coven
(818) 702-8763
Interested in large mature trees only, 12’ or taller

Landscape Center 
Mark Barrett
(951) 352-8383
9505 Cleveland Ave., Riverside, CA 92503
They relocate palms.

Senna Tree Company 
(818) 957-5755
http://www.sennatree.com; contact@sennatree.com
3155 Foothill Blvd, Suit M-140, La Crescenta, CA 91214
They relocate palms.

The Tree Savers
(818) 266-1022; (818) 728-1943 fax
P.O. Box 251, Van Nuys, CA 91408
thetreesavers@aol.com
They no longer take donations of tree. They relocate palms.

Valley Crest Nursery
The Tree Growing and Moving Co.
Julie Green; (818) 899-1100; spena@vctree.com
12087-40 North Lopez Canyon Rd., San Fernando, CA 91342
Send a picture of the tree to akidd@vctree.com. They buy the trees that they are interested in and pick-up.

Thomas Wright
(909) 792-5987; (909) 794-0139 fax
P.O. Box 807, Mentone, CA 92359
They relocate palms.
 

Tree removers

These listings will remove an unwanted tree or stump for you. For referrals outside Los Angeles, look in the Yellow Pages under “Tree Service.”

Jon Greene's Tree Care
(805) 484-9900
P.O. Box 65, Camarillo, CA 93011
Ventura, also works in the Valley. Licensed, insured, ISA-certified. 24 hour service. Pruning, stump grinding, deep root fertilizing, cabling, bracing.

Native Woods
Paul Mueller
(909) 971-9963
530 W. 3rd St., San Dimas, CA 91773
Will mill the tree for lumber or make furniture for you. Tree Milling on your property.

Pacific West Tree Care
Alex Medina, certified arborist
(818) 846-4655, (818) 345-4208; pacificwesttree@aol.com
20811 Parthenia, Winnetka, CA
Will remove large trees. Pruning & shaping, planting, palm skinning

Senna Tree Company
http://www.sennatree.com; contact@sennatree.com
3155 Foothill Blvd, Suit M-140, La Crescenta, CA 91214

William Stranger
(626) 405-0927
wstranger@strangerfurniture.com
Furniture maker – makes furniture from fallen trees.

Trees and Things
Vince Colarossi, Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Arborist
(818) 998-1790
9354 Oso Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311
Brush clearance, grinding, no spraying.
 

Tree adoption

These listings will take an unwanted potted tree off your hands. Call your local tree group for referrals.

L.A. County Tree Farm
(909) 593-3036.
Nursery is near Pomona. They will accept live Christmas trees and replant.

Bay Cities Tree Preservation
Scott Johnson
(310) 454-6547; P.O. Box 809, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Certified Arborist and licensed landscape contractor and tree preservation service. Also does removal of dead or sick trees, and can help find homes for nice healthy tree specimens that need to be transplanted.

Valley Crest Nursery
The Tree Growing and Moving Co.
Julie Green; (818) 899-1100; spena@vctree.com
12087-40 North Lopez Canyon Rd., San Fernando, CA 91342
Send a picture of the tree to akidd@vctree.com. They buy the trees that they are interested in and pick-up.

 

Landscape designers and architects

For landscape professionals and designers versed in Low Impact Development and L.A.'s new Model Water Efficiency Ordinance, try the Green Gardens Group, an organization devoted to educating homeowners, design professionals, and the local community in the latest eco-restorative landscape techniques.

 

Arborists

 Arborists are tree experts. Some of these professionals only make assessments, others can also treat problems.

To find an arborist, we recommend the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) website: www.isa-arbor.com. To search for a Certified Arborist in your area, click on Verify Certification in the left column, then search by zip code. For referrals outside Los Angeles, look in the Yellow Pages under “Tree Service,” search online for “Arborists” or go to www.treesaregood.com.

When contacting tree professionals, you’ll want to make sure that:

• They are licensed and bonded;
• They will not perform any heading or topping cuts (more info. below);
• They prune according to ISA best management practices and ANZI A300 safety standards;
• They will not prune more than 20 – 25% of the live wood of the tree;
• They will not “lion-tail” the tree (prune out the interior branches and leaves, leaving only leaves at the ends of branches);
• They will provide the above pruning techniques in writing.

Get quotes from a few companies and be sure to check the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has a clean record.

About "topping": the practice of “topping” is the worst thing you can do to a tree. Topping actually creates a hazardous tree and is not an acceptable pruning technique. Visit http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/resources/WhyToppingHurts.pdf to learn about this much misunderstood practice.

 

Registered consulting arborists

We suggest hiring a Registered Consulting Arborist to diagnose tree ailments (ex. insects or disease), for hazard tree assessments, oak tree reports, if you need an expert witness in a court case, or for tree and landscape appraisals. Some Registered Consulting Arborist are strictly consultants, others do additional arboricultural work, such as pruning.

Still not sure if a Registered Consulting Arborist is for you? Consider that consulting arborists are called upon to advise in the most challenging situations needing experience in the science and practice of arboriculture, as well as specific expertise in the practical, ethical and objective role of consultant. Their role is to bring a comprehensive, objective viewpoint to the diagnosis, appraisal and evaluation of arboricultural issues.

To find a Registered Consulting Arborist, please visit the American Society of Consulting Arborists’ website: www.asca-consultants.org.

When contacting tree professionals, you’ll want to make sure that:

• They are licensed and bonded;
• They will not perform any heading or topping cuts (more info. below);
• They prune according to ISA best management practices and ANZI A300 safety standards;
• They will not prune more than 20 – 25% of the live wood of the tree;
• They will not “lion-tail” the tree (prune out the interior branches and leaves, leaving only leaves at the ends of branches);
• They will provide the above pruning techniques in writing.

Get quotes from a few companies and be sure to check the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has a clean record.

About "topping": the practice of “topping” is the worst thing you can do to a tree. Topping actually creates a hazardous tree and is not an acceptable pruning technique. Visit http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/resources/WhyToppingHurts.pdf to learn about this much misunderstood practice.

 

Tree care/tree trimmers, landscapers and landscape contractors

To find a reliable tree care company, we recommend visiting the TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) website: www.treecareindustry.org and click on “Find a Qualified Tree Care Company" on the left hand side. These companies will take care of your tree problems, but are not necessarily able to evaluate your needs because the field staff may not be certified arborists.

For landscape professionals and designers versed in Low Impact Development and L.A.'s new Model Water Efficiency Ordinance, try the Green Gardens Group, an organization devoted to educating homeowners, design professionals, and the local community in the latest eco-restorative landscape techniques.

For landscape contractors please visit the California Landscape Contractors Association at www.clca.org.

When contacting tree professionals, you’ll want to make sure that:

• They are licensed and bonded;
• They will not perform any heading or topping cuts (more info. below);
• They prune according to ISA best management practices and ANZI A300 safety standards;
• They will not prune more than 20 – 25% of the live wood of the tree;
• They will not “lion-tail” the tree (prune out the interior branches and leaves, leaving only leaves at the ends of branches);
• They will provide the above pruning techniques in writing.

Get quotes from a few companies and be sure to check the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has a clean record.

About "topping": the practice of “topping” is the worst thing you can do to a tree. Topping actually creates a hazardous tree and is not an acceptable pruning technique. Visit http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/resources/WhyToppingHurts.pdf to learn about this much misunderstood practice.

 

Tree and garden information

Huntington Beach Tree Society 
www.hbtrees.org or (714) 564-1396
The group's current focus is reforesting each of Huntington Beach’s 66 parks.

Shade Tree Partnership
www.shadetreepartnership.org, or (949) 453-5670
15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA 92618-3102 
A hands-on, volunteer-based organization that promotes more livable communities through the planting and stewardship of shade trees.

Community Releaf Anaheim  
1426 East Vermont Street, Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-6916, or releaf@mindspring.com
A growing tree organization in Anaheim and surrounding communities that works with the city to promote tree awareness and city plantings.

Canyon Land Conservation Fund
www.canyonland.org, info@canyonland.org, or (714) 649-2820
A non-profit 501(C)-3 organization dedicated to the preservation of wildspaces in the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County, CA.

Goleta Valley Beautiful
www.goletavalleybeautiful.org
P. O. Box 6756, Goleta, CA 93160-6756
(805) 252-1952, or KennethKnight@cox.net
Provides beautification and urban forest services in all areas west of the Santa Barbara City line (State Route 154), including Hope Ranch, unincorporated Goleta Valley, Isla Vista, Rancho Embarcadero and the City of Goleta.

The San Diego Urban Forest Council
www.caufc.org/regions/regions_sd_about.html; mikepalat@aol.com

The SDRUFC is comprised of local government agencies, private organizations, non-profits, and individuals. They meet every two months to network, share information, and discuss projects that will improve and expand the urban and community forests in San Diego County.

Urban Corps of San Diego
www.urbancorpssd.org/envprojects.html
Urban Corps provides job training and educational opportunities for young men and women 18 to 25 years old from disadvantaged inner-city communities – job opportunities that conserve our natural resources through projects like urban forestry and habitat conservation.

Riverside Land Conservancy
www.riversidelandconservancy.org
A nonprofit land trust that works with landowners who would like to see their lands preserved. By facilitating the transfer of land from willing private landowners to public ownership, RLC helps to ensure that natural lands, wildlife habitat and working farm lands are preserved for future generations.

Common Ground Garden Program
www.celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/garden
(323) 260-3238; mglosangeleshelpline@ucdavis.edu - Master Gardener helpline – info on veggies & fruit trees.
(323) 260-3407, ydsavio@ucdavis.edu, Yvonne Savio – Program Manager & Master Gardener Goordinator
(323) 260-3348, gjmitche@ucdavis.edu,  Gloria Mitchell – Urban Garden Administrative Assistant
Workshops and information on gardening and composting.

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
www.isa-arbor.com
Can do a search by zip code to find an arborist. Western Chapter of the ISA
www.wcisa.net

Native Plant Garden Hotline
(Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)
(909) 624-0838
www.rsabg.org/content/view/75/107/; rsabg.hortinfo@cgu.edu; PLANT

Profiler
www.theplantprofiler.com
Plants native to the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River watersheds.

Smart Gardening
www.smartgardening.com
(888) CLEAN-LA or (888) 253-2652
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LADPW). Information and workshops on composting, vermiculture (worm bins), grass-cycling, water-wise gardening and fire-wise gardening. They sell compost bins, worm bins and worms at their workshops.

LADWP Smart Planting Guide: comes free with TreePeople membership, or by calling The Department of Water and Power at (800)U ASK DWP or (800) 27-5397.

Southern California Gardener Newsletter

Sunset Western Garden Book and Sunset Magazine
Aavailable at local nurseries and libraries.

Trees Are Good 
www.treesaregood.com
Tree care information from the ISA.

Tree Care Industry Association
(Formerly known as the National Arborist Association)
(800) 733-2622
www.tcia.org

University of California Cooperative Extension Riverside
(909) 683-6491
Information on agricultural issues.

 

Graffiti removal from trees

Board of Public Works Operation Clean Sweep – Dial 311

Do-it-yourself suggestions:
For smooth bark, use coarse sandpaper. For rough bark, use a wire brush or wood hasp. Be careful not to go too deep, as you may permanently damage the Cambium layer (the part that carries nutrients to and from the crown) of the tree.

Graffiti removal products:
Trade Winds International
P.O. Box 18498, Long Beach, CA 90807
www.twi-coatings.com or (562) 424-1739
Call and order the GT-2000 or GT-1000. It’s a non-toxic gel that you spray on, scrub with a natural bristle brush, and then hose off. Works great on smoother barked trees like eucalyptus. $13.80, postage and handling runs about $5.00, or you can pick it up in person in Long Beach/Wilmington area. 

 

Gardens

For referrals outside Los Angeles, look in the Yellow Pages or under “Gardens.”

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Call or visit the website for hours and admission rates
www.descansogardens.org

L.A Arboretum 
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA, 91007
(626) 821-3222; (626) 821-3239 general information
(626) 821-3213 planting information
Call or visit the website for hours and admission rates
www.arboretum.org
www.lacountybotanicgarden.org
www.aabga.org/member pages/losangeles

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Call or visit the website for hours and admission rates
www.huntington.org

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
University of California, Los Angeles
(310) 825-1260
(310) 206-6707 - tour requests for groups of 8 or more
www.botgard.ucla.edu
Located on the UCLA campus
Free. Call or visit the website for directions

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624-0838
www.rsabg.org
The largest botanical garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants.” More than 3000 species on 86 acres! They have a bookstore, gift shop, two native plant nurseries (Grow Native Nursery - Claremont and Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden - Westwood), workshops and fall and spring plant sales. Free to members, a fee for others.

Sculpture Gardens
1029 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0321
www.sculpture-gardens.com
This is a small nursery, gallery and plant shop in Venice. They also offer design services.

 

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
(310) 544-1847
www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org
Call or visit the website for hours and admission rates

 

Native plants

California Native Plant Society
www.cnps.org
Jo Kitz: (818) 348-5910
6223 Lubao Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

El Nativo Growers
www.elnativogrowers.com
(626) 969-8449; (626) 969-7299 fax
200 S. Peckham Rd, Azusa, CA 91702
This is a wholesale nursery that also will sell to the public. You cannot however go there to shop. You must call to ask for availability. If they have it, they will pull it from one of their nurseries (spread over 65 miles) and then let you know when you can pick it up.

 

Grow Native Nursery Claremont
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711                                                                                                                                                (909) 625-8767 ext. 404                       gnnclaremont@rsabg.org                                                                                                               http://www.rsabg.org/grow-native-nursery?catid=156:articles&id=530:about-gnn-claremont                    Expert staff. Seasonally open, so call or check out the website before you head out.

Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden                                                                                                          VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
100 Davis Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(424) 234-0481                                                                                                                           gnnwestla@rsabg.org
                                                                                                                     http://www.rsabg.org/grow-native-nursery?catid=156:articles&id=533:grow-native-nursery-westwood Expert staff. Check out the website for directions, which vary for weekends and weekdays.

 

Las Pilitas Nursery
www.laspilitas.com
(760) 749-5930
8331 Nelson Way, Escondido, CA  92026
Website is an excellent source of native plant information.

Matilija Nursery
(805) 523-8604
www.matilijanursery.com; Matilija@verizon.net
8225 Waters Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
(909) 625-8767, (909) 626-7670
Garden Hotline: (909) 624-0838; hortinfo@rsabg.org
www.rsabg.org/component/content/article/79-garden-hotline/66-gardenhotline
1500 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Fall and spring plant sales. “The largest botanical garden dedicated exclusively to our state’s native plants.” – Over 3000 species on 86 acres! They have a bookstore and gift shop, workshops. Free, but a donation is requested.

Theodore Payne Foundation 
(818) 768-1802; (818) 768-5215 fax
10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, CA 91352
www.theodorepayne.org
Native plant nursery, bookstore, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Good, informational website. Watch for their native garden tours the first or second weekend of April.

Tree of Life Nursery
(949) 728-0685; (949728-0509 FAX
www.treeoflifenursery.com
33201 Ortega Hwy
P.O. Box 635
San Juan Capistrano 92693
The largest native plant grower in Southern California. Great, informational website.

 

Native plant landscape designers

Katja Perrey Landscapes
(310) 745-3585
www.katjaperrey.com
info@katjaperrey.com
2424 Clark St.
Venice, CA 90291
Design and consultation only.

L.A. Native Design
Yvonne LeGrice and Madena Asbell
(310) 253-8706
www.lanativedesign.comwww.lanativedesign.com
Design and consultation only.

Sharon Ben-Joseph
(213/321-8043
Used to be with Mia Lehrer and Associates.

Elemental Landscapes
Amy Nettleton, Landscape Architect
(626) 482-4958
522 Hermosa St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Other Sustainable Landscape Designers

Comfort Zones Garden Design - Marilee Kuhlmann
marileegardens@earthlink.net
(310) 398-0406
Sustainable garden design. Marilee is the founder of the Green Garden Tours of Santa Monica – tours of sustainable gardens.

  

Seeds and seedlings for sale

"Just Liners" Nursery
(909) 305-9760
901 W Covina Blvd, San Dimas, CA 91773
They have a wide range of trees and plant seedlings. Buy them by the flat. Call ahead.

Carter Seeds 
(800) 872-7711

Stuewe and Sons
(800-553-5331)
www.stuewe.com/products/rayleach.html                                                                                                       Supplier of nursery pots, tubes and racks.

Theodore Payne Foundation
www.theodorepayne.org/
(818) 768-1802
Native plant seeds

 

Christmas tree recyclers

Will recycle your tree by chipping it into mulch. For referrals outside Los Angeles, call your city’s Bureau of Sanitation or a local tree group.

California Christmas Tree Recylcers
(818) 986-1300 or (310) 584-6589 ($50 general, depends on the size)
www.recycletrees.com
Will pick up your cut tree (not live, potted trees), clean up the needles, vacuum up the water, and take the tree to a recycling center for you.
 

Adopts live Christmas trees

Will take your potted Christmas tree and give it a good home. For referrals outside Los Angeles, call a local tree group.

Marshall Canyon Tree Farm
(909) 593-3036
Trees must be delivered. Nursery in La Verne near Pomona. Will take pines (Christmas trees ok), oaks, seedlings.