Welcome to California Heights from Cal Heights Releaf! We are neighborhood volunteers dedicated to the care of our parkway trees and the replanting of those areas in our parkways where trees are missing.
Historically, our neighborhood has been blessed with trees lining our avenues, yet not all of our trees have survived the test of time. We believe that one way of preserving the past is by planting the future. We invite you to help us re-leaf California Heights.
Why is it important to releaf Cal Heights?
- To increase home values
- To improve air quality
- To decrease heating and cooling costs
- To restore the historic character of our neighborhood
- Tree plantings create community spirit and camaraderie
Cal Heights Releaf
Meetings are held on an as needed basis, for meeting dates please visit this page for details.
Our meetings are open. Everyone is welcome to attend, provide input, and learn about our efforts and activities.
We are active in fundraising, planning for planting events, building public awareness and education.
If you don't have time to volunteer, financial assistance is greatly appreciated.
We are a free source of information and assistance about tree planting and care.
Check this page for future opportunities to help with ReLeaf efforts.
Facts about our parkways and trees
Parkways and parkway trees are city property.
It is illegal to cut down or plant a parkway tree without permission from the City of Long Beach.
Only approved tree species may be planted in city parkways and only at locations approved by the City of Long Beach Department of Public Works.
Approved planting methods must be used to prevent damage to utilities and sidewalks. To request tree selection and planting guidelines from the Long Beach Department of Public Works, Street Maintenance and Landscaping or contact Jerry Rowland, Long Beach City Arborist, at (562) 570-2731.
Most modern neighborhoods have been planned without parkways and will never have the opportunity to create the environment and charm of California Heights. With your help we can make our wonderful neighborhood even better!
Proper Tree Care
Proper tree care can make a surprising difference in the growth of our street trees. We have ReLeaf trees that were planted just three years ago that are two-three times the size of others that were planted six years ago! Why? Occasional deep soaks (once every four to six weeks) and keeping weed whackers at bay by asking your gardener to maintain a turf free area around the base are the main reasons some trees flourish where others languish or fail. (see images on left side)