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Monkey-Puzzle Trees (Araucaria araucana)

Monkey-puzzle trees are unusual-looking and long-lived conifers, with lifespans exceeding 1,000 years in some cases. With ancestors dating back to the Jurassic Period, it is easy to imagine long-necked dinosaurs munching happily on the tree’s strange foliage and large seeds. The species draws its common name from an offhand quote uttered by an owner of…

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Cypress-Pines (Callitris spp.)

Cypress-pines are small- to medium-sized trees, although a few species reach heights in excess of 100 feet. Although they resemble junipers (Juniperus spp.) in general appearance and by virtue of possessing two different types of leaves, cypress-pines bear both needle-like and scaly leaves throughout their lives. Name and Classification The genus name of cypress-pines comes…

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Low Impact Development at the Landowner Level

Urban runoff is the largest cause of ocean pollution in southern California. Our many roads and sidewalks whisk the polluted water from our highways and byways right into the ocean, via a network of storm water drains. These pollutants include not only the oils, phosphates and plastics littering local streets, but also the pesticides, herbicides…

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The Bark Barrier

While a few traits characterize the bark of all trees, these protective coverings are remarkably diverse. As with other tree components, such as leaves, branches and roots, every bark is adapted to suit its environment and the life history of the species. Although bark hardly seems as exciting or fascinating as so many other aspects…

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