Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Fall Color in Southern California
This is the perfect time of year to plant a tree to beautify your yard -- the roots will get well established before they go dormant, ready for the spring surge of both foliage and root growth. Fall colors come alive with many trees, including beech, birch, coral tree, gingko, liquidambar, magnolia, maidenhair, Japanese and other maples, crape myrtles, persimmon, Chinese pistache, sour gum, Chinese tallow, tulip tree (named for its tulip-shaped leaves), and zelkova. Once you've made a preliminary choice, consider the mature size of the tree -- does the planting area allow the tree sufficient space when it's mature? Avoid planting trees that are prone to wind damage. These include acacia, ash, cypress, elm, eucalyptus, liquidamber, California pepper, and pine.

Clever Gardening Technique

Sunflower Stalk Trellises
Save the stalks of tall sunflowers, stripped of their branches and leaves, to use next year as trellises for peas and beans.

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