Joys and Sorrows of Weeping Trees

It is late afternoon, and the rain that has been falling for two days without interruption has stopped. My son and I drive to the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park to play basketball. No one is there except...

Bristlecone Pines: Oldest Trees on Earth

The oldest living trees on earth are bristlecone pines, some of which are more than 4,000 years old. These pines, which reach 60 feet in height, are native to the White Mountains of California, above...

Los Angeles Trees With Fall Colors

A common lament from transplanted Easterners who reside in our area concerns the lack of foliage that turns color in the fall. Well, you can’t expect to have balmy weather at almost any moment ...

If you love trees, read this book

“Trees,” by Charles Fenyvesi (Avon Books; $8), is one of the most delightful plant books to appear in recent years. It is mainly an impressionistic study yet contains both scientific rese...

Leaves: Valuable Tree Crop

Leaves – even if you don’t have a green thumb, you cannot help but produce bushel baskets of these valuable crops, year after year, especially if you have one or two large trees. This tim...

Plumeria

Question: What should I do, if anything, to protect my plumerias from severe cold and/or freezing? Can you provide any suggestions? I would hate to lose them due to what could be extremely cold tempe...

Colorful California Autumn Leaves

San Fernando Valley dwellers may lament the small number of trees and shrubs whose leaves turn color this time of year, especially if they grew up in New England, where the autumn foliage display is ...

Frangipani, otherwise known as Plumeria

Q. I notice my potted plumeria are starting to drop leaves at an alarming rate now that summer has passed. Most are exposed to evening coolness, and I wonder if it is better to move them from their c...

Be Careful When It Comes to Tree Trimming

I had my trees trimmed last year, and they already look like they need to be trimmed again. I cannot really afford to trim again this year, but I am afraid if I don’t, the new shoots, which hav...