Our neighborhood is known for it’s variety of mature trees…palms, sycamores, magnolias, cedars and more. In fact some of the views of the trees from our neighborhood are world famous, most notably the view up Plymouth and Windsor Boulevards north towards the Hollywood sign.
Sometimes a particular tree strikes you differently than it has in the past. Maybe it’s the time of the year…or the time of day. If you walk in the area, you likely have favorite trees. Next time you are out, take a few pictures with your cell phone and send them to us.
Favorite Tree: Deodar Cedar
This tree struck me for the first time at ground level Saturday morning. I’ve probably walked past it 100 times or more. I see it from our back yard across the tops of the treescape looking west from our patio. In fact, there was a time when a family of hawks lived in a nest at the top of it.
This is a Deodar Cedar that lives on the west side of Norton Avenue – just north of 1st Street. According to The Trees of Windsor Square in the City of Los Angeles, published by the Windsor Square Association, the Deodar Cedar has origins in the Himalayan Mountains. It is fast growing to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide, with leaves that are 1-2 inches long. You can find them along Lorraine, Norton and Windsor – perhaps you’ve stood under one and wondered if you could convince the homeowners to hang a swing from the sturdy branches?
This post seems like a good time to remind you…the mature trees take their water from deep in the ground so they generally don’t need our help. However, the newly planted trees need TLC for the first 3 years. According to the Windsor Square guide, two hours of slow, deep watering once a week will keep our new trees healthy. After 3 years, homeowners should give a deep watering once a month.