There was a theme when I assembled these six pictures. I just can not remember what it was now. I am very happy with the three species from Del Norte County, #3, #4 and #5. #6 is my favorite though. It was so unfortunately necessary to remove the venerable old trees. It was necessary to remove their suckers too. I combined the two unpleasant tasks in a rather satisfying manner. There was absolutely no indications that the original trees were grafted. I looked for unions. I was informed that the suckers were visually identical to the original trees. I hope that the suckers that I transplanted within the centers of the decayed trunks will grow into trees that are new copies of the original trees!

1. Brugmansia X candida ‘Double White’, angel’s trumpet is a copy of the specimen at el Catedral de Santa Clara de Los Gatos. It somehow got frosted! Frost happens even here.

2. Yucca recurvifolia or Yucca gloriosa var.(iety) tristis, pendulous yucca is blooming at an unoccupied residence where only a few neighbors see it. It tastes like iceberg lettuce.

3. Abies grandis, grand fir was brought by another horticulturist here, from the extreme northwest corner of California, literally on the coast, barely south of the Oregon border.

4. Picea sitchensis, Sitka spruce got collected with the grand fir above and the bear grass below. I am very pleased with these species, but do not know where to plant more trees.

5. Xerophyllum tenax, bear grass came with the two tree species above, but will be easily incorporated into landscapes here. I am unfamiliar with it, and intent to get acquainted.

6. Prunus serrulata ‘Beni Hoshi’, flowering cherry was so severely decayed that only the outer shell of its stumped trunk remains. The twig in the center is its own rooted sucker! 

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15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: No Theme

    1. It does look impressive in pictures. However, I think that if it was so reliably so impressive, that it would be more common than it is. It is difficult to say. Some of the popular ‘natives’ are rather mundane, while some that should be more popular are not. These specimens came from Del Norte County, in the extreme northwestern corner of California, so are considered to be a native species of California. However, they are not native to this region. (‘Natives’ are . . . baffling here. Some define them as anything within the borders of California. However, Del Norte County is extremely different from Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.)


    1. Frost happens here, but not often so early. I do not remember the date, but it was quite a while ago. I should have put the angel’s trumpet in a sheltered spot anyway, even before the frost.


    1. We are supposed to get #15 (15 gallon) trees to make more of an impact for next year. If we do, the rooted suckers will get canned for somewhere else in the landscape. However, we were supposed to get #15 trees last year, but could not find them. It is an uncommon and old fashioned cultivar. I hope that we never get them, and the rooted suckers get to stay. There is something gratifying about the trees replacing themselves with their own copies.

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  1. I love what you’ve done with the rooted sucker and hope for the best possible outcome. Some of the Del Norte natives you featured are also native here in Southern Oregon. Bear grass is one I have been trying to get to grow in my garden. Purchased a small specimen at the local native plant sale, but it quickly disappeared in the hot, dry summer weather. I am not optimistic, but I do hope it will reemerge in spring.

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    1. It will be gratifying if the old flowering cherry trees get to replace themselves with their own copies. However, we are supposed to replace them with #15 (15 gallon) trees to make more of an impact next year. We were unable to find such trees last year, and I hope we are unable to find them now. The bear grass were rather stocky specimens. I am hopeful, although I would feel better about plugging them directly into a landscape rather than canning them.


    1. The cherry trees should get replaced with larger nursery grown trees that make more of an impact. I plugged the rooted suckers in just in case we can not obtain nursery grown trees. We had been trying unsuccessfully to get replacements for a few years. They are supposedly available now, but I hope that they are not. I would prefer for the suckers from the originals to grow into replacements. It would be like replacing them with the same thing. I know that nursery grown trees are the same thing also, but they are not the same same thing.

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