Serving Larchmont Village, Hancock Park, and the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 2011.

Favorite Tree: Deodar Cedar on Norton

Tree CanopyOur 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.

Tree Knot

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.

Tree Branches

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?

Tree Base

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.

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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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