Mystery of Norfolk Island Pine

Q: I live in Van Nuys in a house with several old walnut trees. One of the trees in front is dying and I want to replace it. I saw a beautiful tree at Orcutt Ranch Park (east of the rose garden) and ...

Trees with Purple Leaves

I doubt snow has ever fallen in the Valley in March, but there is an annual occurrence this time of year that will fool you into thinking that such a meteorological event has, in fact, taken place. I...

Indian Penicillin and Native Oaks

When you think of Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, camellias, lilacs and roses come to mind. Home to the largest camellia collection in the world, the most extensive lilac planting in Southe...

Acacias are Saints of Plant Kingdom

When the Hebrew people left Egypt on their way to the promised land, they took acacia wood with them. Eventually, tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments would be placed in an ark fashioned from ...

Norfolk Island Pine

Q: I live in Van Nuys in a house with several old walnut trees. One of the trees in front is dying and I want to replace it. I saw a beautiful tree at Orcutt Ranch Park (east of the rose garden) and ...

Bauhinias and the Bauhin Brothers

  The greatest compliment that can be paid to a botanist is to have a plant named in his honor. But if two great botanists happen to be brothers, what then? If a plant is given the brothers̵...

TreePeople

You might think of TreePeople as an organization whose sole mission is to plant more trees in Los Angeles. While that may have been true when the organization was founded four decades ago, and TreePe...

Avocado Tree Longevity

Q. I have an avocado tree that has been on the property for almost 70 years. What is its life expectancy? – Grace Hampton, Burbank A. That is very old for an avocado tree. The original ‘H...

When Italian Cypress Branches Bend . . .

Our very heavy snowstorm last month loaded and bent the branches of all of the Italian cypress trees encircling the backyard. The trees have grown very tall. However, they look quite grotesque and br...