Palm Tree

palm tree, Pasadena, CA (John Nelson)

palm tree, Pasadena, CA (John Nelson)

“I long to see a vista uninterrupted by the skinny, merciless palms — they mock the very idea of shade, and in a region with abundant sunshine, their presence is exasperating. Like alien invaders, reckless colonizers, and “escaped exotics,” as invasive plant species are known, palms have driven out more modest species, claiming, as autocrats do, the exclusive right to reign supreme — they alone signify the arboreal realm of Los Angeles despite their inability to provide shade, their over-reliance on water and their environmental incongruity.”

–Piety and Perversity: The Palms of Los Angeles by Victoria Dailey

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