Trees aplenty in Streetscape plans
Before the Streetscape Project started, downtown Del Mar's inventory of street trees included 93 specimens. Some of them were diseased and an arborist recommended their removal. Others were left right in place.
This summer, when the $7.2 million project is finished, Camino del Mar between Plaza and 9th Street will be lined with 143 trees. Colorful landscaping will be punctuated by St. Mary’s magnolias, Strawberry trees, Forest Pansy trees and Crepe Myrtles. Plans even call for a few of Del Mar’s signature Torrey pine trees. To preserve views, most of the treetops will be kept at about 25 feet tall.
Open the Streetscape landscaping plan (PDF).
Trees will be spaced at intervals of roughly 35 feet. Today, rectangular planting holes coated in mulch can be seen throughout the project area.
In June or July, when irrigation lines are activated, the trees will be delivered in 36- or 48-inch boxes and stand at least 12 feet tall, with canopies spreading about six feet in diameter.
Newly-planted landscapes must be treated with care. For that reason, planting and landscaping is scheduled for the end of the seven-month project.