My Oh My(oporum)!

I was hoping you could solve a problem with my Myoporum laetum. I have 13 Myoporum trees as a 20-foot tall hedge. Two years ago, three of the plants started to get a strange leaf curl. The curl is ve...

Wind as Desiccating as Sun

If you live in a windy area, even the short days and cool temperatures of December do not allow any slacking off where watering is concerned. Wind can be just as desiccating as dry heat. Even on a ca...

Unforgettable Elephant Fig

Two recent e-mails raise several general questions on the subject of tree selection and care in the Valley: Q: We live in Porter Ranch, and up until six months ago had a spectacularly large coral tre...

Millennial Gardens

By now, almost every subject on earth has been discussed in millennial terms, so why not consider the millennial garden? Actually, if you were looking for a location to plant a garden that would last...

How To Turn Acorns Into Oak Trees

As daylight hours are reduced in the last days of December, gardening may be the last thing on your mind. But with the help of some Styrofoam cups and a little soil mix, you can start many plants ind...

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...