Giant Eucalyptus: For size, no trees on Victoria Avenue equal the Eucalyptus. Some are nearly 10 feet in diameter, and 200 feet tall. Some trees have huge, off-white trunks, often picturesquely contorted, attesting to the century-old age. The more than 300 Eucalyptus trees on the Avenue represent 14 different species.
Palms: One of the many glories of Victoria Avenue is over 1600 palms, standing at attention down the Avenue at regularly-spaced intervals, like soldiers on parade. The most numerous are the Mexican Fan Palms lining both sides of the median. The Washingtonian filifera, California native and specifically a native of Riverside County. There are also Canary Island Date Palms, Guadalupe Palms, and Queen Palms.
The Roosevelt Palm: Planted by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, The Mexican Fan Palm, Washingtonia robusta, at Victoria Avenue and Myrtle Street, is now designated City Cultural Landmark #64.
Lorraine Small Rose Garden: Modern roses of many colors have been planted by Victoria Avenue Forever at Victoria Avenue and Myrtle Street. This garden planting makes a strong visual statement at the northen terminus of the divided Avenue. Funded entirely with private donations, the roses were planted by Victoria Avenue Forever volunteers to honor Lorraine Small, local garden writer and long-time advocate for the preservation of Victoria Avenue.
Dr. Peter M Lewis Garden: The garden at the northwest corner of Victoria Avenue and Jane Street is being developed by Victoria Avenue Forever. This planting is funded with donations and voluntary labor to honor Dr. Lewis’ contributions to the beautification of Riverside. All the plants are the drought tolerant. The trees include Mexican Palo Verde (Parkingsomia aculeata), Chitalpa (X Chitalpa tashkentensis), Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus), and Golden Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia chrysotricha)
Ragged Robin Roses: Untold thousands of ‘Ragged Robin’ Roses line both median sides of Victoria Avenue. This old-fashioned variety was introduced in 1852 under the name ‘Gloire des Rosomanes’. How it came to be called ‘Ragged Robin’ is unknown, but it is one of the distinctive features of the Avenue. No longer grown cemmercially, all replacement plants must be grown from cuttings.
Median Trees: The center of the median of Victoria Avenue is planted with various kinds of flowering trees. In the most cases, each block is planted with only one species. In addition to their flowers, some trees provide colored foliage or berries. The location of each species is indicated by the number on the map below.
|1.||Saucer Magnolia||Magnolia soulangiana||Purple|
|2.||Western Redbud||Cercis occidentalis/canadensis ‘Oklahoma’||Purplish Red|
|3.||Crape Myrtle||Lagerstroemia indica||Blue|
|4.||Chaste Tree||Vitex agnus-castus||Blue|
|5.||Pyracantha||Pyracantha sp.||White/Orange Berrie|
|6.||Horsechestnut||Aesculus ‘Briotti’ carnea||Pink|
|7.||Ornamental Pear||Pyrus calleryana||White|
|9.||Chitalpa||X Chitalpa tashkentensis||Pink|
|10.||Flowering Peach||Prunus persica||Pink, Red, White|
|12.||(No common name)||Caesalpinia spinosa||Yellow|
|13.||Chinese Fringe Tree||Chionanthus retusus||White|
|14.||Floss Silk Tree||Chorisia speciosa||Pink|
|15.||Bridal Wreath Spirea||Spirea nipponica||White|
|16.||White Angel’s Trumpet||Brugmansia candida||White|
|17.||Flowering Crabapple||Malus floribunda ‘Hopa’||Rose Red|
|18.||Pink Trumpet Tree||Tabebuia avellandae||Pink|
|19.||Strawberry Snowball Tree||Dombeya cacuminum||Pink|
|20.||Australian Flame Tree||Brachychiton acerifolia||Red|
|21.||Goldenrain Tree||Koelreiuteria paniculata||Yellow|
|22.||Floss Silk Tree||Chorisia ‘elegance’||Pink|
|23.||Texas Mountain Laurel||Sophora secudiflora||Lavender-blue|