This makes me happy.....

wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)December 27, 2012

Lost the pic when posting....fall colors...Liquidambar..

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calistoga_al

They are beautiful on other gardeners property. Most years I have to rake multiple times to keep them from blanketing the garden plants, but this year the rain was so persistent that when I could finely rake, all the leaves were down. Al

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 6:36PM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

This one is in a spot where the leaf fall does not have much to bother..planted beneath and around it are tagetes lemmonii, salvia discolor and a rambling peppermint geranium...the salvia sagittatas seem to have been lost due to lack of watering, the 'sputniks' fall on a mulched path and I periodically rake them to the side. The other 3 liqidambars that I have are younger, but in an area that I've since let go in maintaining and will go to seasonal grass, so they won't be a problem there either.
Yes, it's one tree that most don't like for it's pods or whatever, but it's one that I will plant again wherever I am.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 6:55PM
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dicot

I love them too, not just for their color and shape, but in large part because of fond memories the middle school battles we waged with the green spiky seedballs. That is what you are reduced to as a kid when it never snows in your town.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 10:32PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

We used oranges.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 12:09AM
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MrClint

Those Liquidambar seed pods are bad news for bike tires. Even Mr. Tuffy tube protectors are no match for them.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 3:01PM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

Too bad they don't do the same for dirt bike tires...I'd pay good money to dump them all over my neighbor's property....lol..

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 3:10PM
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MrClint

If you're paying good money, there are plenty of other ways to deal with pesky things like dirt bikes. The easiest way would be to leverage the state's convoluted political climate. Sacrificing personal liberties or inhibiting commerce to save the environment is a slam dunk.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 7:55PM
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kittymoonbeam

Didn't it seem late this year? My Ash ( Mendocino? ) tree was getting getting golden leaves around new years and the rose parade coverage showed fall colors outside the Norton Simon Museum of Art when the bands marched by. A few days later, a fierce wind tried to blow them all away. Near the 15 fwy on Cajelco Road there are some very pretty golden trees right now. Fall seems late this year. Do you think the coldest weather is still waiting to come on?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 10:52PM
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still_kris(z17 NoCA)

Yes, seems like things are later this year. It never really got warm (relatively speaking, of course) over summer or fall here. The one surviving liquidambar I have is still mostly green and all my various maples are very much later than their usual.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:31AM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

Who knows? 3 younger liquidambars here have been bare for awhile, the big one sometimes hangs onto some leaves into spring, still colored. I have quite a few ash...some are bare, some are green some turning golden

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 11:12AM
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