Facilities Management

Drop Shadow

Plant Inventory

The following plant lists have been derived from existing species currently planted on campus. The species are commonly used in San Diego and are well adapted to the climate, soil and growing conditions. The palette is intended as a guide and does not preclude the use of additional species, nor is it intended to be a regulatory list for substantial conformance evaluation. 

Campus street trees 

The following trees are used to line campus roadways. New roadway segments shall provide street trees in conformance with the landscape technical manual. Tree selection shall also be based on compatibility with existing trees located within proximity of the new landscaping. 

  • Alnus rhombifolia (white alder) 
  • Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (king palm) 
  • Chorisia speciosa (floss silk tree) 
  • Jacaranda acutifolia (Jacaranda) 
  • Koelreuteria panniculata (goldenrain tree) 
  • Liquidambar styraciflua (Liquidambar) 
  • Magnolia grandiflora (magnolia) 
  • Phoenix cameriensiss (Canary Island date palm) 
  • Platanus acerifolia (London plane tree) 
  • Populus nigra 'Italica' (Lombardy poplar) 
  • Pyrus kawakamii (evergreen pear) 
  • Washingtonia filifera (California fan palm) 
  • Washingtonia robusta (Mexican fan palm) 

Parking lot trees 

Parking lot trees shall be selected for shading and screening ability, as well as using the criteria listed in the landscape technical manual. 

  • Cupaniopsis anacardioides (carrotwood) 
  • Eucalyptus torquata (coral gum) 
  • Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree) 
  • Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum) 
  • Olea europatea 'Fruitless' (olive) 
  • Pittosporum undulatum (Victorian box) 
  • Platanus acerifolia (London plane tree) 
  • Pyrus kawakamii (evergreen pear) 
  • Tristania conferta (Brisbane box) 
  • Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese evergreen elm) 

Accent trees 

Trees with distinctive shapes, colors, textures, and flowers should be used as accents in the landscape. Accents occur where there is contrast, so accent plant materials should be used with restraint. Accent trees may be located at campus entries, building entries and other focal points in the landscape. 

  • Albizia julibrissin (silk tree) 
  • Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong orchid tree) 
  • Callistemon viminialis (weeping bottlebrush) 
  • Cinnamomum camphora (camphor tree) 
  • Chorisia speciosa (floss silk tree) 
  • Camaerops humilis (Mediterranean fan palm) 
  • Cupressus sempervirens (Italian cypress) 
  • Dracaena draco (dragon tree) 
  • Erythrina caffra (coral tree) 
  • Erythrina Coralloides (naked coral tree) 
  • Erythrina crista-galli (cockspur coral tree) 
  • Ficus elastica (rubber tree) 
  • Jacaranda acutifolia (Jacaranda) 
  • Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' (Hollywood juniper) 
  • Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtle) 
  • Koelreuteria panniculata (goldenrain tree) 
  • Pistacia chinensis (Chinese pistache) 
  • Platanus acerifolia (London plane tree) 
  • Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii' (purple leaf plum) 
  • Tipuana tipu (Tipu trees) 
  • Tipidanthus calyptratus (Tipidanthus) 

Background and Screen Trees 

Trees with dense foliage and fine or uniform texture and color should be used for backgrounds and screening. Backgrounds are typically planted in masses to recede from view and to create a setting for an accent or focal pint in the landscape. Screening may be trees and shrubs plated in strategic locations and often in masses to block views. 

  • Eucalyptus cladocalyx (sugar gum) 
  • Eucalyptus polyanthemos (silver dollar gum) 
  • Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea (red ironbark) 
  • Ficus ribiginosa (rustyleaf fig) 
  • Grevillea robusta (silk oak) 
  • Melaleuca quinquenervia (cajeput Tree) 
  • Pinus halepensis (Aleppo pine) 
  • Pinus radiata (Monterey pine) 
  • Pittosporum undulatum (Victorian box) 
  • Podocarpus gracilior (fern pine) 
  • Vines/Espaliers 

Vines may be used in the landscape as accents, screening for walls and fences and ground covers. 

  • Bougainvillea sps. (bougainvillea) 
  • Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper) 
  • Cissus antarctica (kangaroo treebine) 
  • Clytostoma callistegioides (violet trumpet vine) 
  • Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine) 
  • Grewia occidentalis (lavender starflower) 
  • Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) 
  • Macfadyena unguis-cati (cats claw) 
  • Wisteria sinensis (Chinese wisteria) 

Shade Plants 

Shade plants may be used in courtyards, between buildings, under story planting below trees and other areas that have limited sun exposure. They may be accents, mass plantings, building foundation plantings or ground covers. 

  • Asparagus setaceus (fern asparagus) 
  • Azalea sps. (azalea) 
  • Begonia semperflorens (bedding begonia) 
  • Camellia japonica (camellia) 
  • Clivia miniata (kafir lily) 
  • Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia) 
  • Gardenia Jasminoides (gardenia) 
  • Impatiens sps. (impatiens) 
  • Nephrolepis exaltata (sword fern) 
  • Philodendron sps. (philodendron) 
  • Rumohra adiantiformis (leatherleaf fern) 
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) 

Large Shrubs 

Large shrubs may function in the landscape as hedges, screens, backgrounds, small-scale trees or accents. 

  • Calliandra tweedii (Trinidad flame bush) 
  • Dicksonia antarctica (Tasmanian tree fern) 
  • Echium fastusosum (pride of Madeira) 
  • Escallonia sps. (escallonia) 
  • Hakea suaveolens (sweet hakea) 
  • Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (hibiscus) 
  • Ilex sps. (holly) 
  • Juniperus sps. (juniper) 
  • Lantana camara (lantana) 
  • Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian tea tree) 
  • Ligustrum Japonicum 'Texanum' (wax leaf privet) 
  • Musa (banana) 
  • Oleander sps. (oleander) 
  • Photinia fraseri (photinia) 
  • Pittosporum sps. (pittosporum) 
  • Plumbago capensis (cape plumbago) 
  • Podocarpus macrophyllus (yew pine) 
  • Pyracantha sps. (pyracantha) 
  • Raphiolepis sps. (Hawthorne) 
  • Strelitzia nicolai (giant bird of paradise) 
  • Viburnum sps. (viburnum) 
  • Xylosma congestum (shiny xylosma) 

Small shrubs 

Small shrubs may function in the landscape as low screens, building foundation planting, plaza and patio mass plantings, accents and as an under story to trees and large shrubs. 

  • Agapanthus africanus (lily-of-the-Nile) 
  • Agave attenuata (agave) 
  • Carrissa grandiflora (natal plum) 
  • Cycus revoluta (sago palm) 
  • Dietes (Moraea) (fortnight lily) 
  • Hebe 'Coed' (Veronica coed) 
  • Hemerocallis Hybrids (daylily) 
  • Lantana montevidensis (trailing lantana) 
  • Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) 
  • Pittosporum sps. (pittosporum) 
  • Rosa sps. (rose) 
  • Rosamarinus officinalis (rosemary) 
  • Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) 
  • Ternstroemia gymnanthera (ternstroemia) 
  • Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic) 

Ground covers and turf 

Ground covers and turf shall be used to cover expanses of ground where low growing plant materials are needed. Turf shall be limited to play fields, outdoor assembly areas and recreation spaces. The less water consumptive ground covers shall be used as an alternative to turf and for mass planting and accents

  • Arctotheca calendula (cape weed) 
  • Coprosma kirkii (creeping mirror plant) 
  • Festuca sps. (ornamental fescue) 

Flowering annuals 

  • Hedera sps. (ivy) 
  • Iceplant sps. (small-leafed iceplant) 
  • Laurentia Fluviatilis (blue star creeper) 
  • Liriope sps. (lily turf) 
  • Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium) 
  • Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus (prostrate rosemary) 
  • Vinca major (periwinkle) 
  • Cynodon dactylon sps. (Bermuda grass) 
  • Festuca 'Medallion' (dwarf bonsai) 
  • Poa sps. (blue grass) 

Plantable wall, hillside and erosion control 

Plants used on walls and hillsides and for erosion control shall be deep rooting and have low water requirements. Natives and native compatible species shall be used in traditional landscapes. 

  • Acacia redolens (prostrate acacia) 
  • Arctotheca calendula (cape weed) 
  • Artemisia californica (California sagebrush) 
  • Baccharis pilularis (dwarf coyote bush) 
  • Bougainvillea sps. (bougainvillea) 
  • Ceanothus sps. (ceanothus) 
  • Cistus sps. (rock rose) 
  • Eriogonum fasciculatum (California buckwheat) 
  • Eschscholzia californica (California poppy) 
  • Lantana sps. (lantana) 
  • Lonicera sps. (honeysuckle) 
  • Myoporum parvifolium (myoporum) 
  • Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium) 
  • Plumbago Capensis (cap plumbago) 
  • Rosmarinum officinalis prostratus (prostrate rosemary) 
  • Vinca major (periwinkle) 


New projects that occur adjacent to native plant areas or projects that disturb native plant areas shall re-vegetate with appropriate species to the native plant community. Traditional landscapes - as defined by the landscape technical manual and identified on project landscape plans - shall incorporate native plants. 

  • Artemisia californica (California sagebrush) 
  • Eriogonum fasciculatum (California buckwheat) 
  • Eschscholzia californica (California poppy) 
  • Ferocactus viridescens (coast barrel cactus) 
  • Ceanothus sps. (wild lilac) 
  • Cistus sps. (rock rose) 
  • Heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon) 
  • Pinus torreyana (Torrey pine) 
  • Platanus racemosa (California sycamore) 
  • Prunus lyonii (Catalina cherry) 
  • Quercus agrifolia (coast live oak) 
  • Rhus integrifolia (lemonade berry) 
  • Salvia mellifera (black sage) 
  • Baccharis salicifolia (mulefat) 
  • Salix lasiolepis (arroyo willow) 
  • Sambucus Mexicana (Mexican elderberry) 

Native Compatible 

Native compatible plants have similar horticultural requirements and visual characteristics of native plants. They may be used in traditional landscapes and in locations where drought tolerant qualities are needed. Species must be non-invasive. 

  • Acacia sps. (acacia) 
  • Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) 
  • Cotoneaster sps. (cotoneaster) 
  • Melaleuca nesophila (pink melaleuca) 
  • Rhus lancea (African sumac) 
  • Salvia sps. (sage)