During the past three years since the picture here was taken, two of the four seed grew into stout seedlings that, after their second season, went to live in Ilwaco!
California flora is remarkable. It all does what it must to live comfortably in every ecosystem, climate and geographical region here.
California horsechestnut or California buckeye, Aesculus californica, is one of the more unusual native species. It is so in tune with the climate that it makes other deciduous trees seem to be inexperienced. Of course, to those who are unfamiliar with it, it just looks dead right now.
In chaparral climates of California, some deciduous trees start to defoliate early, before the weather starts to get cool in autumn. California sycamores, for example, can start to defoliate late in summer if the weather gets too warm and dry for them to want to hold their foliage any later. Such defoliation is more the result of minimal humidity than the result of chill.
California horsechestnut takes this technique one step further, by shedding spring foliage even earlier in summer…
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