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...

Transplanting Trees

Q: I have a potted Japanese maple that is 8 years old and 6 feet tall. I would like to transplant it to my yard and need advice as to when this should be done, where I should locate it and what ferti...

Trees for the High Desert

Q: My daughter is building a house in California City, in the upper Antelope Valley. The area has a high-desert climate. I would like to give her about six trees to start her landscaping. These shoul...

Consider a Carrotwood

A friend who lives in Santa Clarita called me the other day with a problem or, to be more precise, a riddle. He wanted to know which evergreen tree he should plant next to his backyard pool. The tree...

Distinctive Broadleaf Evergreens

This is the time of year when flowers disappear and deciduous trees are denuded of their foliage. For serious plant watchers, it’s the time of year when foliage of evergreen trees, shrubs and g...