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Old 12-18-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Funny, even though I lived by the beach the tree I associate the most with LA is the Jacaranda. I'll never forget seeing the purple trees going all the way down my street when I first moved to LA. They were so cool, so different--so L.A.

Palm trees make me think of Florida or Hawaii. I like them, but they don't really make me think of LA.

FWIW I like the royal palms. They're so much better than thos tall skinny ones that fall over easily and sometimes have rats nesting in them.
Me too! When I first moved, the Jacarandas were in full bloom and I was blown away. Love the palm trees too, of course. Even after 11 year here, there's something about a palm tree framed against a blue sky.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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What would L.A. be without palm trees? Maybe a place with indigenous flora.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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What would L.A. be without palm trees? Maybe a place with indigenous flora.
The Desert Fan Palm is indigenous to So.Calif. (mostly southeast Calif)
Washingtonia filifera

There was a huge (non-native) palm tree planting boom in LA during the 1920's when real estate developers and speculators wanted to entice midwesterners and easterners to LA. They thought the palm tree was exotic and singinfied a warm climate.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: South of Northern California
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Let's hope that we never have to find out; hopefully the red palm weevil invasion detected in Laguna Beach will be contained and won't spread. Good thing it was caught early--those little boogers could do serious damage!
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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It would be more like how it was 200 years ago, when the only trees were coast live oaks, alders, cottonwoods, big leaf maples, sycamores and the odd pine.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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The Desert Fan Palm is indigenous to So.Calif. (mostly southeast Calif)
Washingtonia filifera
True, however, it was non native to the LA basin / all coastal zones of CA.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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What would L.A. be without palm trees? Maybe a place with indigenous flora.
There would be even more Oak Moth larvae droppings in the spring, than is the case in modern times.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: L.A./O.C.
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LA's symbol is the movie industry, beach, entertainment, and palms
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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... It'd look nicer. Honestly, neighborhoods automatically look better for having non-palm trees on their streets.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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well, I think the reason the palm trees were planted in the 1800s in the first place was to give the city a more tropical feel and look
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