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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia, aka Palo Blanco, aka Baja Bird Bush

(Click on underlined title to see more photos and more description)(two upper photos by Bri Weldon) Twenty footer growing at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden near Pomona.  Native from northwestern Baja to barely on the U.S. side of the border near San Ysidro.   With adequate water and wind protection can get to around 20 feet, growing about six inches to one foot per year.

Colorful Succulent composition by Michael Buckner, background by Tom Piergrossi, Sin Jen, and Lila the property owner

Click underlined title for more text) In Mission Hills.  The foreground plants are all succulents, except the rouge center is Neoregelia 'Fireball', a type of bromeliad.

Xylococcus bicolor (Mission Manzanita) 20-footer

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Below, closeup from patio above, on south side of garage:

Perspective from downslope looking up:

Manzanita: Arctostaphylos glauca

(Click on title to see more photos) Photo above, on top of the south peak area of Rodriguez Mtn, just south of Palomar Mtn, just south of La Jolla Indian Reservation.   Apparently Arctostaphylos glauca, of advanced age, and resembling bonsai aesthetic in character, especially with the boulders.  Quite an engaging compositional stylistic character in these two photos.   Good influence for inspiration for some built landscapes where this stylistic can be appropriate.

Camissonia bistorta - Foothill Suncup

(Click on underlined title to see more) Camissonia bistorta, blooms year-round in typical yard space that has some ambient ground moisture to tap into.  Lives about a year or two; readily reseeds and sprouts new plants with rains or occasional irrigation.  An all-star performer.  Makes masses of plants if you allow it, serving as an informal 12 to 18 inch tall and how ever wide groundcover.

Hakea suaveolens with Korean Grass

 Near La Jolla Shores, great combo effect here with the Hakea and Korean Grass(Zoysia tenuifolia).  Hakea suaveolens is native to Australia, Korean grass, - fair to guess it's native to Korea, but it is native to the 'far east' of Asia.  Unknown designer.

Banksia prionotes


Banksia prionotes, a Western Australian native, growing in Valley Center; red-leaved Leucadendron behind at right.

Malvaviscus arboreus

Malvaviscus arboreus, grows in a brambly fashion.  Fills in airy space, informal, intertwines amongst other plants.

After pruning, which is done annually in late winter/early spring:

Vons blue-yellow-orange-green composition


Lovely color combo composition at the Vons shopping center on Midway Drive, with Hymenosporum flavum(tree - yellowish), Agapanthus(blue), Hibiscus 'Crown of Bohemia'(orange), and Xylosma congestum(orangish new growth, hedge in background).  Unknown designer.

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