Xylosma is highly regarded as a handsome, adaptable small tree or shrub for garden accent. It has shiny, yellowish-green leaves up to 10 inches long and bronze-colored new growth. See one on the left as you enter Wilbur Hall from Escondido Road. A fine massed planting is on San Francisco Court where it enters Alvarado Row; another is nearby on San Francisco Terrace. A magnificent row is in the center divider of El Camino Real near the southern border of Redwood City. On campus, it is usually a sheared hedge, as at the Via Palou parking lot and the modules at Galvez Mall.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.