Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden (Patchy – 10 – 50%) – Color spotter Frank McDonough estimates the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is about a third of the way to peak, moving it from Just Starting to Patchy. McDonough said it’s hard to determine how the fall color will develop though, with an Emoji wink, he writes, “If brown is a fall color then it should be spectacular.” The LA County Arboretum is a great place to see lots of trees at different stages of color change and is often the last reporting area of fall color in California.
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The Los Angeles Times, took our advice and recommended trips this past weekend to the San Bernardino Mountains. Turns out, it was good advice, as evidenced by the spectacular shot of Rim of the World (between Lake Gregory and Lake Arrowhead) that Nick Barnhart captured on Sunday.
CLICK HERE for a link to the LA Times’ article.
Here’s another lovely sunset of the San Bernardino Mountains taken by Nick Barnhart last evening. I have to ask after seeing Nick’s great photographs (and I’ve photographed sunsets in So. Calif.), “Why go to the beach?”
Colder temperatures and light rain have caused an intensification of color across Los Angeles County, as evidenced by these photos provided by Frank McDonough a botanical information consultant at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Gardens.
GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Los Angeles County – Reports from Southern California indicate perfect fall color conditions with crystal clear skies and bright color.
Color spotter Frank McDonough of the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens attributes a warm, dry year to “erratic” fall color. That certainly could be the case, though the spots of color provided to us by Frank show bright and intense color at the Arboretum, so far. Also, this week we received shots from Mt. Palomar that showed long-lasting color among the oaks. We’re betting that LA County will continue to develop into December.
GO NOW! 50 – 75% – LA County Arboretum – Warm, dry weather has tricked the trees, causing them to show sporadically and late in Southern California.
California Fall Color has observed over the years that species change color according to their own internal clock. That’s certainly occurring at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia, where Frank McDonough reports the color change there “has been sporadic and uneven.”
The most reliable species, Ginkgo biloba and Liquidambar, “have yet to reach full color.”
Color spotter Son H. Nguyen posted the following montage on Facebook and commented, “Liquidambar is amazing in Orange County right now. I’ve never seen them this beautiful before. I’ve only seen them mostly turn yellow. But this year, there are many different hue from orange, yellow, red, deep red and even pink.”
Though, McDonough cautions that Liquidambars “have been under attack” from a combination of a new pest, the Polyphagous shot hole borer, and a new disease to Southern California, Bacterial Leaf Scorch, “that may eliminate them from the Southern California landscape.”
Liquidambar have one of the more dramatic displays of flame orange, yellow and red and are a favorite of landscapers. Sadly, due to pests and diseases, Frank opins that “this may be one of the last years to see them turn color, here.” Until that happens, head to Southern California’s arboretums for the best in So. Cal.
GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens – Crepe myrtle are at peak; tulip tree are 30 – 50% of peak near the tram stop; Japanese birch are magnificent near the turtle pond; California wild grape near the tule pond are now yellow and will soon be brilliant red.
GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Los Angeles County – Exotic Sweet Gum (liquidambar) are at peak in gardens and along streets throughout Los Angeles County. Pests and disease are afflicting the trees, however, which may not survive another year. So, go now to enjoy their display of varied color.
Chris Erskine of the travel desk at the LA Times posted a nod to California Fall Color for our reporting of what’s happening at Mammoth Lakes this week. CLICK HERE to read the story.
Color spotter Dan McKernan of Big Bear Lake provides this first report of autumn from the San Bernardino Mountains, above Los Angeles.
15 – 30% – Big Bear Lake – The color surrounding Big Bear Lake is now between 20 and 25% change. This area often turns quickly. So, peak could arrive anytime during the coming two weeks. Keep checking back for reports from Dan and look for local spotter reports on Facebook.
We often hear it said that there is no change of seasons in California. One spotter recently said a friend describes California has having two seasons: green and gold. Well, pardners, that’s pure bunk, fiddle-dee-dee and nonsense. You just have to know when and where to see the change of seasons. Apologies if the coarseness of our previous exclamation has shocked any of our more easily offended readers, but when it comes to defending the spectacular change of seasons to be seen here, we get downright “miffed.”
Clearly others around our state go to similar lengths to do the same. Recently, Wendy Abrams, writing for the Los Angeles Times, drove a doubting Thomas from Vermont (we don’t actually know if her New England friend’s name was Thomas) to the Eastern Sierra to prove Wendy’s assertion that California has great fall color, too.
Wendy hit it right, as this year the color – Good Golly, Miss Molly! – is turning earlier than ever. Follow this link to see what Wendy and her friend saw: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-california-fall-colors-20130917,0,6468626.photogallery
Frank McDonough of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden sends these shots taken today.
With a week of autumn still remaining, the color is still intense at the LA County Arboretum, which remains a refuge of serenity separated from the pell-mell pace of holiday shopping. To sense the inward peace of this season, head to Arcadia.
75 – 100% – LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden – Flame colors continue to burn as winter approaches.
Warm days (80s) have returned to California this week, though rain and snow are predicted for the coming weekend. A return to warmer weather is actually just fine for sustained fall color, since warm days and cool nights intensify color.
Barbara Steinberg sends this lovely photograph of the Hakone Gardens in San Jose and Scott, a hiker who blogs at http://one-thousand-miles.blogspot.com/ reports orange and gold appearing among the black oak along the Observatory trail on Mt. Palomar in Southern California.
We were in West Hollywood, Los Angeles and Pasadena this past weekend and saw very little color change among the few deciduous trees evident, there. Pleasant temperatures in the 70s and 80s will provide a much appreciated Indian Summer across California this week.