Northern California's climate and fertile soil is ideal for both native and ornamental trees planted in our cities and our yards. Here are some of my favorites:

California Black Walnut - Julgans Hindsii

 

A native to Northern California, California Black Walnut is a large tree that grows up to 60 feet tall with a diameter of 5 feet or more being fairly common. The nut from this tree is edible though the tree is typically grafted with an English Walnut which has larger nutmeat and a higher yield. The wood - commonly referred to as Claro by woodworkers - is a rich dark brown, highly figured and is moderately dense. The heartwood of this tree is incredibly rot resistant though is typically not used for outdoor purposes because it is so highly valued as a furniture wood.

I have 4/4 & 8/4 lumber in stock, as well as 2"-3" thick live edge slabs ranging from 18"-48" wide.

        4/4, 8/4 : $8 / BF rough sawn

        Live Edge Slabs: $12 /BF rough sawn  

Black Acacia - Acacia Melanoxylon

Black Acacia is not native to California but loves the cool foggy climate of the San Francisco Bay Area. The tree can grow to 40 feet tall with typical diameters of 2 to 3 feet. The heartwood is a light honey brown color with stark contrast to the white sapwood. The wood is very dense and fine grained and a joy to work with on both hand tools and machines. It is lovingly called California Koa as it is closely related to Hawaiian Koa one of the most beautiful and expensive woods in the world.3

I have 4/4 & 8/4 lumber in stock, as well as 2"-3" thick live edge slabs ranging from 18"-48" wide.

        4/4, 8/4 : $6 / BF rough sawn

        Live Edge Slabs: $10 /BF rough sawn