Southern California Palm Trees

Southern California is most definitely the land of the palm tree, and these are always beautiful to look at. When orange fields were first cultivated here in California, palm trees were planted to help people find their homes in the middle of orange fields. Many cities have also landscaped their streets with palm trees of several different varieties, but only the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) is only species that is native to Southern California. I grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains, so I always considered the San Bernardino Valley and the Inland Empire synonymous with palm trees. As I grew up I always enjoyed sketching pictures of palm trees, and I still do this quite often as an adult. I always imagined people making fans out of the palm fronds in years past, and there is just something very romantic and iconic about the palm tree.

Find Palm Trees Along Southern California City Streets

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Use the map above to plan your next Southern California road trip. It is guaranteed you will see palm trees along most stretches of roads during the drive.

Pictures of palms in Southern California around sunset.
Pictures of palms in Southern California around sunset.

You can find palm trees lining many city streets here in Southern California. If you have ever watched an American movie, you most likely have seen these iconic palm trees.

A magnificent palm tree next to a telephone pole.
A magnificent palm tree next to a telephone pole.
A smaller palm tree spotted on my walk.
A smaller palm tree spotted on my walk.
A picture of a palm tree I drew back in August.
A picture of a palm tree I drew back in August.
Here are Southern California palm trees that I wood burned on a jewelry rack.  I am quite happy with this piece.
Here are Southern California palm trees that I wood burned on a jewelry rack. I am quite happy with this piece.
A palm tree in an orange field here in Southern California.
A palm tree in an orange field here in Southern California.
Another picture of the palm tree in the distance.
Another picture of the palm tree in the distance.
A palm tree on the right-hand side of the picture.
A palm tree on the right-hand side of the picture.
Palm tree along the street, which is something you will see a lot of here in Southern California.
Palm tree along the street, which is something you will see a lot of here in Southern California.
A tall palm tree in the distance.
A tall palm tree in the distance.
Tall and stately palm tree with a view of the San Bernardino Mountains in the background.
Tall and stately palm tree with a view of the San Bernardino Mountains in the background.
Two palm trees that have grown next to each other.
Two palm trees that have grown next to each other.
Palm tree with clouds in the sky.
Palm tree with clouds in the sky. | Source
Palm tree next to a baseball field here in Southern California.
Palm tree next to a baseball field here in Southern California.
The stately palm tree with clouds all around.
The stately palm tree with clouds all around.
Another picture of two palm trees with the San Bernardino Mountains and clouds in the background.
Another picture of two palm trees with the San Bernardino Mountains and clouds in the background.
Blue sky with clouds and palm trees.
Blue sky with clouds and palm trees.
Clouds and palm trees galore.
Clouds and palm trees galore.
Another capture of the baseball field and a palm tree.  You can also see the Cajon Pass in the distance, although the clouds somewhat obscure this view.
Another capture of the baseball field and a palm tree. You can also see the Cajon Pass in the distance, although the clouds somewhat obscure this view.
The view of the palms and the trees in the sky.
The view of the palms and the trees in the sky.
Palm trees and the mountains make for a very scenic view.
Palm trees and the mountains make for a very scenic view.
Clouds, sky, and palm trees.
Clouds, sky, and palm trees.
Three palm trees all in a row.
Three palm trees all in a row.
Another solitary palm tree.
Another solitary palm tree.
Looking up at palm trees all around.
Looking up at palm trees all around. | Source
Palm trees and clouds.
Palm trees and clouds.
Upclose picture of a Washingtonia palm.
Upclose picture of a Washingtonia palm.
Palm tree in the orange field.  It is another Washingtonia type of palm.
Palm tree in the orange field. It is another Washingtonia type of palm. | Source
Palm trees and the orange field are so Southern California.
Palm trees and the orange field are so Southern California.
Small palm tree in the shadows of larger trees.
Small palm tree in the shadows of larger trees.

I love how there are rows of palm trees along Southern California streets. Originally, these palm were planted in rows to help people locate their homes back when Southern California was mostly the land of orange fields. There are still a few orange fields left in the Inland Empire, and around March these produce such a wonderful scent with their blossoms.

These palm trees were planted along this street in the more recent past.
These palm trees were planted along this street in the more recent past.
People still love the look of palm trees, so many shopping centers continue with this landscaping theme along streets.
People still love the look of palm trees, so many shopping centers continue with this landscaping theme along streets.

Comments 26 comments

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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Nice, Julia. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it alekhouse! I do love palm trees, as you can see.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Thanks for the awesome pics of palm trees. I've spent practically all my life in upstate New York, so palm trees are exotic, to me.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Paradise,

Growing up in the mountains made the palm trees somewhat special to me too, especially since I only saw these when I came down to the valley. As an adult I have never grown tired of seeing these palm trees in our somewhat rural city.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Very nice tour, thanks SweetiePie, I enjoyed the unique views you have chosen. Your palms certainly grow to a great height.

Some of our cities have many large palm trees, but of a different variety and not as tall.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Palm tree always beautiful. Thanks for writing this and share with us. I really enjoy all stunning pictures of palm trees. Well done, my friend. Rated up!

Love and peace,


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oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

SweetiePie. Hi. Oh goodness all these palm trees are beautiful. Thank you for all the information.

Your photographs are incredible,especially with the clouds in the background.

I thoroughly enjoyed walking down the streets and looking at these magnificent trees.

Thanks again. voted up. :) :)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Earnesthub,

This area used to be covered in orange fields, and I believe some of this palms are remnants from that time period. Many of these trees are about 80+ years old, the taller ones. I should have included that detail in my hub. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

prasetio30,

I am glad you enjoyed my Southern California palm tree virtual tour. As always I like your comments.

Oliversmum,

Thanks for voting my hub up. Yes, the clouds were quite amazing on the day I took this picture, so it made the palm trees more alluring. I appreciate you comments :).


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Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago from USA

Beautiful pictures!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Obscure_Treasures!


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hanwillingham 5 years ago

Nice hub.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

hanwilingham,

I appreciate your comments!


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seven2011 5 years ago

Beautiful!!!

I love it!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Well done, thank you.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate all the nice comments!


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Beautiful palm trees, I am a fan of the palms already. This was a treat to see.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am glad you enjoyed my palm tree hub Fluffy77!


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GrantGMcgowan 5 years ago

Palm trees in different angles. They are very impressive and beautiful. So grateful for letting us to read your hub.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love palm trees - in fact that was the thing I was so excited about when I first stepped foot in California. We were visiting my husbands parents when we were on leave. It was the first time I had ever been to California and the first time I met them. Well, I had my video camera and I was so mesmorized by the palm trees I felt the need to video tape them. Of course, with a slip on the tongue I now have on video me saying, "Wow - look at all the pretty pine trees!" I still haven't lived that down to this day!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

GrantGMcgowan,

Glad you enjoyed this hub.

Barbergirl28,

Well in a lot of parts of Southern California there are pine trees planted along with the palm trees, so maybe you saw one and accidentally said that when you also were seeing the pine trees :).


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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Beautiful pictures. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate your comment chamilji!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

These take me right back to Sunny San Diego. Lovely documentation of a location.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hopefully you can visit San Diego again one day :).


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Its in the plans actually.Looking forward to seeing more of your pics.Still going through those already posted.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad to hear you are looking at quite a few of my palm pictures.

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