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...

Coral Tree Conundrum

In the confrontation between people and nature, people tend to prevail. There has been some controversy as to whether people should rebuild their homes in wildfire areas because of the potential dang...

Ficus Wears Many Hats

A Ficus tree means different things to different people. For the office employee, a Ficus is an indoor tree with downcast, yet glossy leaves. For the homeowner, the word “Ficus” conjures ...

Unpruned trees may fall or break

The Santa Anas of November have stalked the Valley once again, breaking limbs off – and even knocking over – a host of predictable victims: top-heavy trees, hillside trees and overwatered...

Icee Blue

I went to Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge to look at the famous rose collection and fall-blooming Sasanqua camellias, but came away with an appreciation for new trends in container planting....

Street Trees and Black Bamboo

That tree growing in your parkway (the little strip between sidewalk and street) can have a significant influence on your daily life. Aside from determining how much light reaches the plants in your ...

Some Tree Questions

  I had a mimosa tree (Albizzia julibrissin) whose roots were invading a sewer line. I have taken the tree down to the stump. What is the best way of killing the roots? Is it better to remove th...

Rare Dawn Redwood and other Exotic Trees

Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. The ground is still warm from the summer, stimulating roots to grow even as top growth (shoots and leaves) comes to a halt. In fact, most root growth of ...