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Venice Blvd Trees
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November 16, 2012
1:47 pm
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I'll add the those California Sycamores are still growing and are immature, like a gawky teenager.  When they mature they will be very beautiful elegant trees, and as mentioned they are native to the area. 

November 16, 2012
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Cruised by and studied the trees today. True, they are young but they are fully developed. I'm no arborist but I know a little bit about sycamore trees. They thrive in more canyon like settings especially in and around drainages and close to creek bottoms. Although just about everything native is going to be somewhat drought tolerant those trees may be getting too much sun and not enough water.

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November 17, 2012
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The Sycamores along Venice are the variety Platanus racemosa and are deciduous California natives.  They are truly majestic trees and support a wide variety of native fauna.  In the fall and during times of drought they will lose their leaves, these grow back in the spring.  Sycamore provide beautiful dappled shade in the summer and when out of leaf allow more light through highlighting striking white bark.

Sycamores are a favorite street tree in many european cities, although a much smaller species, Platanus acerifolia, is used.  These are often pollarded (severely pruned and shaped) to create the classic 'lollipop' shape.  

The Oaks are Quercus agrifolia, one of the evergreen native California oaks.  They too will mature into beautiful, stately and durable trees supporting great varieties of native insects and birds.

Both of these trees were planted because of their drought tolerance, durability and the fact that they are native to this area.

And now the downside.  In maturity, the Sycamores will reach 100' tall with a trunk diameter or 8' to 10' across and they do not respond well to heavy or inappropriate pruning.  The trees along Venice are planted far to close to the street and will soon begin to lift the paving.  Unfortunately, these trees, like many of Los Angeles street trees will be destroyed by short funded and poorly trained city tree trimmers and many will be removed.  

The Oaks are also large trees but seem to be more appropriately spaced. They are fairly slow growers but hopefully as the sycamores are removed, they will be allowed to attain their natural form.

The City of Los Angeles is no longer replacing or planting new Mexican Fan Palms (Washingtonia robusta) along city streets.  Many of the trees are reaching the end of their lifespan and a new invasion of non-native insects and diseases are wreaking havoc in Southern California.  The city has also determined that these palms are a liability and present a real danger to property and public safety.  If you're around during the Santa Ana winds, you can see their concern first hand.

Los Angeles, in general, does a poor job maintaining and caring for street trees, probably due to budgetary concerns.  On the other hand, Beverly Hills has a superb street tree program.  Drive through the residential areas and slow down to look at the trees, the difference is remarkable.

November 17, 2012
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The thing about palms is that they are essentially ornamental. The don't provide any shade and like you touched on are hazardous when they drop their fronds. Also, they are breeding grounds for rats and rats suck.

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November 17, 2012
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You know.....  They are SO LA!!!!!!!!!

November 17, 2012
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Venice WatchDawg said
You know.....  They are SO LA!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, ornamental but rat infested.

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November 18, 2012
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ok forget the palms... cut down the failed trees and add mandarins figs guavas and avocados... that would be amazing. and when turd hits the fan at least we have some fresh fruit...

 

check this out..

http://www.lataco.com/taco/pub.....k-del-aire

November 18, 2012
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I just think they're ugly.

Up and down Venice Blvd the landscaping is flat out pathetic. The median strip is an embarrassment and the library park vaguely resembles what was originally envisioned and eventually planted. Remember it took the city more than a year to finish that project, which quickly became a center of bumville, resulting in the removal of the benches and decimation of the plants.

All in all the entire 'gateway' to Venice was a monumental flop at our expense.

Remember how the road grader sat on that parcel for over a year while the city was able to bill one of the bond funds for that equipment's expense. Money that the city billed the bond fund-I mean why have the city owned grader sit on the city lot over by the Marina when it can make money for LA 'on the job'. The city spent 1.6 million dollars on that park, that some idiot wanted to name after a homeless guy.

 

Can somebody save us from city hall? Please save us?

 

I still hate those trees and the brillo pads the grow in the median strip?

 

Shanty

November 18, 2012
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I have seen the bums render the sprinklers at the Friday Market parking lot inoperable. They put cardboard on the planting and killed the vegetation. We do not live in a sympathetic environment for landscapes. What do you want tulips and pansies?

 

Think about the plantanes, plane trees, in Paris along the Seine. Those are our Sycamores. The spokes of the chariots of the Roman Legions.

 

If you worry about rats in the trees try planting avocados, figs, and guavas: see what you get.

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