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Sweet Gums and Sycamores

Liquidambar Trees, or sweet gums, the deciduous trees gracing front yards, parks, and campuses throughout the San Diego area, have been putting on an exceptionally colorful show. The leaves of some varieties turn to purple or red; the leaves of other varieties fade to golden yellow. Still other varieties hold on to their green leaves until sometime in December. Most liquidambars in our area regain their light green foliage by late February.

Sycamores, found in San Diego's coastal and foothill canyons as well as in suburban and park landscaping, stand at their autumnal best this time of year. Stroll beneath their crispy, rustling canopies and catch the sunbeams scattering among their mottled trunks and yellow-brown leaves. Some of San Diego's biggest native sycamores reside in Lopez Canyon, a part of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve near Sorrento Valley. Hundreds of sycamores can be also be seen in Marian Bear Park (San Clemente Canyon) along Freeway 52 between University City and Clairemont.

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Liquidambar Trees, or sweet gums, the deciduous trees gracing front yards, parks, and campuses throughout the San Diego area, have been putting on an exceptionally colorful show. The leaves of some varieties turn to purple or red; the leaves of other varieties fade to golden yellow. Still other varieties hold on to their green leaves until sometime in December. Most liquidambars in our area regain their light green foliage by late February.

Sycamores, found in San Diego's coastal and foothill canyons as well as in suburban and park landscaping, stand at their autumnal best this time of year. Stroll beneath their crispy, rustling canopies and catch the sunbeams scattering among their mottled trunks and yellow-brown leaves. Some of San Diego's biggest native sycamores reside in Lopez Canyon, a part of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve near Sorrento Valley. Hundreds of sycamores can be also be seen in Marian Bear Park (San Clemente Canyon) along Freeway 52 between University City and Clairemont.

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Hey Jerry. What are those trees that dominate the scripps ranch area? I drive by there a lot and its like the only place i know in san diego that has those kinds of tree.

What I don't understand are those really tall palm trees in Mira Mesa, especially as you drive down capricorn. I swear if they fall over they will take out two or three houses.

Nov. 19, 2009

You talking about Eucalyptus?

Nov. 19, 2009

Not sure. But when you approach scripps ranch from the south, 15, you can see those trees as they stretch backdown Pomerado road. Gives Scripps Ranch that ranch look to it. i think i remember that some old rancher had indeed planted those trees a century ago. If they are Eucalyptus then they are very cool looking.

Nov. 19, 2009

There are extensive eucalyptus groves in Scripps Ranch, UCSD campus, and Rancho Santa Fe, to name a few prominent places where they now grow. They're an Australian import.

Tall palm trees on Capricorn? I haven't seen those ... but generally palm trees are flexible (they are more like overgrown "grass" than conventional trees) and not many fall over in the wind. Check out all those really tall palms lining the streets in Beverly Hills, for example. They don't topple over much.

Nov. 20, 2009

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