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Sticks on Fire Pencil Tree
Deodar Cedar, Calif. Christmas Tree
Coast  Live Oak
Catalina Cherry
Frosted Curls Hair Sedge
Chinese Wisteria
Sticks on Fire Pencil Tree

Common name:Sticks on Fire Pencil Tree
Botanical name:Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'

In frost free areas, Euphorbia can become a 30' tree but in colder areas, it is often knocked back by frost. It can be single or multiple trunked. It has green cylindrical branches that are about the diameter of a pencil. Leaves are not usually present. Some people are allergic to the sap. It is tolerant of salt, full sun, part shade and quite drought resistant. It is a great accent plant for a container. This form has yellow or orange branches if in full sun.

Deodar Cedar, Calif. Christmas Tree

Common name:Deodar Cedar, Calif. Christmas Tree
Botanical name:Cedrus deodara

This fast-growing, coniferous evergreen is capable of reaching a size of 80' high by 40' wide. Its needles are a light, silvery green color.

Coast  Live Oak

Common name:Coast Live Oak
Botanical name:Quercus agrifolia

The Coast Live Oak is an evergreen round headed tree. It can reach 15'-40' high and 20' wide; it grows very well from the coastal areas to the interior valleys. It is native to California, is drought tolerant, and attracts butterflies. -Cornflower Farms

Catalina Cherry

Common name:Catalina Cherry
Botanical name:Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii

The Catalina cherry is an evergreen tree or shrub that grows 15'-40' high and wide. It develops showy white flowers in the spring and red fruit in the fall. It is resistant to oak root fungus. The Catalina cherry is native to California, is drought tolerant, is a beneficial insect plant, and attracts butterflies. -Cornflower Farms

Frosted Curls Hair Sedge

Common name:Frosted Curls Hair Sedge
Botanical name:Carex albula 'Frosted Curls'

The Carex has a grass-like appearance, and many species produce pendent spikes which, when clumped in mass plantings and around ponds, are very attractive.

Chinese Wisteria

Common name:Chinese Wisteria
Botanical name:Wisteria sinensis

While the sinensis is similar to the floribunda, it bears more rounded, full clusters of strongly fragrant flowers which open more or less, all at once. There are usually 13-15 leaflets per leaf, and they require full sun and average to little watering. It comes in many colors in the blues, whites and purples.-Monterey Bay Nursery

Designer: Descanso Gardens

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Physical weed control, including mulching, or hand removal protects the watershed from harmful chemicals.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.