Palm Trees' Fortunes Waning In LA

The signature plants aren't being replanted as urban foresters look to cheaper pollution-fighting shade trees.

Though not native to California, the various kinds of palm tree, from Washingtonia to Middle Eastern date, have defined the Los Angeles skyline for a century. But as the trees age, many Angelenos are opting for oaks and jacarandas as replacements. The reasons are many: disease, ease of trimming, the benefits of shade, and cost. As Las Vegas buys thousands of palm trees for its developments, many local agencies simply can't afford new palms. Soon, a California emblem may disappear entirely.

Thanks to Jeffrey Goodman

Full Story: Palms in Twilight

Comments

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city

Choose from over 20 styles of neckties imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95