Mimosa, Jacaranda, and Honeysuckle

Mimosa.  Mi-MOH-sa.  It’s a tree that looks like it sounds.  Tropical, exotic, with a distinctive parasol form.  Mimosa possesses fine, bipinnate foliage and wispy pink flowers.  Mimosa, with its sus...

A Luddite’s Paradise

                    Loren Zeldin doesn’t have a computer or a cell phone or even a camera. But he does have a garden, which is the focus of his...

Gold Medallions and Australian Flames

On the corner of Riverside Drive and Hazeltine Avenue in Sherman Oaks, two gold medallion trees are in full bloom.  If you are wondering how these trees got their name, just take a look at their sphe...

Dazzling Callery Pear in Jerusalem

If you seek to become pure with all your heart, God will help.  Words cannot describe what you experience in Jerusalem or anywhere else in Israel, for that matter.  King David, in Psalm 136, says  it...

Short-Lived Ornamental Trees

Q: I have an ornamental pear tree over 25 years old that is not doing well. About a year ago, when it was dormant, I had it trimmed, but the following spring there was very little growth. I have thre...

From Magnolias to Cherimoyas

Q: I want an evergreen tree without a wandering root system that produces shade but is clean since there is a pool to consider. I have been considering an Exoniensis magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora va...

Some Notable Flowering Trees

Several trees, owing to their brilliant flower displays, caught my eye during the past week. All of them were of modest stature. Nowadays, almost no one plants a tree that grows more than 30 feet hig...