Plane or London Plane?

Sycamores, also called plane trees, are widely distributed throughout the United States and Europe. There are three native species in our country: Platanus occidentalis or American plane tree, Platanus racemosa or California sycamore and Platanus wrightii or Arizona sycamore. Many of the sycamores along streets and creeks in California are California sycamores and the London […]


How Does Climate Zone Effect a Plants Performance?

When choosing a tree or plant, it is important to investigate what kinds of environments they thrive in. A plant that does really well in the mountains will not likely do as well near the ocean. The ultimate goal is to keep your plant healthy year round. According to Sunset’s Western Garden book, there are […]


Rabbits – Not really that cute.

This time of year, while some people are thinking about that adorable Easter Bunny, others are thinking very different thoughts about the rabbits in their gardens.  Rabbits can be a major pest in the landscapes and gardens of Southern California.  There are 9 different species of Cottontail rabbits in North America.  They usually only live […]


Transplanting Large Palms

Have you ever wondered how all of those large palm trees just appear throughout cities and around shopping malls? Well, palms are much different than all other trees. They have different vascular systems, different roots, and a different growth habit. As a result, transplanting a palm tree is a very different process from transplanting any […]


There is a Seed Vault that protects seeds from all sorts of natural and man-made disasters; essentially a food insurance policy.

Deep inside a mountain on the freezing remote Norwegian island archipelago of Svalbard, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A fail-safe, state-of-the-art seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time and all possible natural or man-made disasters. The purpose of the vault is to store […]


The Casuarina Tree can be fully mature after as little as a single decade (10 years).

Casuarina (Casuarina equisetifolia) belongs to family Casuarinaceae is the most popular farm forestry tree in the coastal lands of Andhra pradesh, Orissa, Tamilnadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat & Karnataka. Casuarina resembles feathery conifer in general appearance. Almost all of the approximately 35 casuarina species produce top-quality firewood. They are rapid-growing, carefree species for sites and […]


It takes 1.5 million bee hives, which are delivered from all over America, to pollinate the Californian almond orchards.

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In 2013, the 5th oldest tree in the world (3,500 yrs) was burned in a fire started by a meth addict. A clone was planted in its place and was named “The Phoenix”.

The Senator was the biggest and oldest pond cypress tree in the world, located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. At the time of its demise, it was 125 feet (38 m) tall, with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet (5.3 m). The tree was destroyed by a fire started by the criminal arson of […]


Sunflowers can be used to clean up radioactive waste (they are able to extract pollutants, including radioactive metal contaminants, through roots and store them in the stems and leaves. Thus making them the international symbol of nuclear disarmament)

Sunflowers are the international symbol of nuclear disarmament. The sunflower plants are able to extract pollutants, including radioactive metal contaminants, through their roots and store them in the stems and leaves. This process is called phytoremediation. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Ukraine in 1986, rafts with sunflowers growing on them floated on a […]

Bryce Canyon National Park – Pinyon Pine that won’t give up.

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