Palm Trees' Fortunes Waning In LA

The signature plants aren't being replanted as urban foresters look to cheaper pollution-fighting shade trees.
July 10, 2004, 1pm PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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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.

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Published on Friday, July 9, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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