9/1/2020 Coral Tree Meeting Presentations

Brentwood Coral Tree Presentation

San Vicente Median Talk

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 CORAL TREE FORUM- points of interest:

  1. Gophers are a problem and need containment
  2. Tree trimming was done in June and the trees have appropriate crown presence.
  3. 15 baby trees are now being grown in a nursery to form one trunk which will make the trees go stronger and longer.
  4. Water is turned on twice weekly by the City even though the medians look very parched.  It is one of two medians in the City receiving water.
  5. Donations are needed each year to pay for the yearly trimming. Although there is $714,000 in the endowment, that will grow to hopefully throw off trimming costs in the future so campaigns are not needed.  However
  6. A new sprinkler system is crucial.  The antiquated 60 year old one is leaking and not doing its job.  An estimate for a new system from 26th St to Brigham is $1.2M.     

A committee will be formed of community members and others with knowledge of landscape in the near future.  A team of fundraisers is also needed to expand the donor pool.

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. In 1976, the City of Los Angeles designated the Coral Trees that line San Vicente in Brentwood as a Historic Cultural Monument.

Brentwood Coral Trees City of Los Angeles Monument ApprovalDocumentation

Horticulturist Samuel Ayres, Dave Barry, and Hugh Evans persuaded the city to plant coral trees, native of South Africa, for their remarkable beauty. It’s said that the trees originally began as rooted cuttings from Hugh Evans, owner of the well-known Evans and Reeves Nursery on Barrington Ave.

Coral Trees are fragile; limbs break relatively easily from wind and their own weight, and too much water can cause them to fall, exposing pedestrians and joggers on the median and traffic on San Vicente to danger.

Tree experts advise that Coral Trees need to be pruned at least once a year to ensure their health and longevity. However, due to budgetary constraints, the city has cut all funding for their maintenance and care.

Brentwood Coral Tree Endowment Fund, a project of Brentwood.90049 (a 501(c)3 nonprofit) has been established to promote the long-term health and beauty of our Coral Trees. DONATE!

Co-Chaired by Mary Ann Lewis and Jim Thomas, this community effort to protect the Coral Trees, the unique emblem of Brentwood, depends upon each of us.