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Mulholland Miracle

California sycamore, Mulholland Highway, Santa Monica Mountains (10/6/18) Peter Asco

California sycamore, Mulholland Highway, Santa Monica Mountains (10/6/18) Peter Asco

California sycamore, Mulholland Highway, Santa Monica Mountains (10/6/18) Peter Asco

“Following the black walnut’s fall wake up call, come the majestic sycamore … showcasing colors rarely seen in So Cal native flora,” Peter Asco reported.

As Peter scouted Mulholland Highway, in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, on a “perfect, partially cloudy day” this past weekend, he “came upon a scenery alien to our landscape, a grove of imposing 100 foot high sycamore.”

They were, “… no longer displaying their usual drab mud-brown seasonal shift, but dressed instead in orange, yellow, green, and red, definitely a miracle!”

“The native California sycamore (Platanus racemosais a true beauty at maturity.

Along the coast the gnarled, twisted, flaking trunks of ancient California sycamore are often distorted into Seussian shapes. I like to think they were what inspired Southern California’s Dr. Seuss to draw trees that way. Certainly, they are one of the most sculpturally fascinating trees in a state full of them.

Not all California sycamore bend and twist in this way, though all are beautiful and Peter scores a First Report for his photographs of Near Peak California sycamore along the Mulholland Highway.

Will miracles never cease. 

Mulholland Highway, Santa Monica Mountains NRA, Malibu – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

4 replies
  1. yuyund says:

    I drove along this highway on 10/14/2018 hoping to see some colors but most leaves are green. Where to spot those colorful trees?

    • John Poimiroo says:

      They’re in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. I’ve asked the photographer to provide the specific location and will post here, when received.

      • torr leonard says:

        Any response back from the photographer? I’d like to check it out this weekend. Let me know, thanks!

        • John Poimiroo says:

          None so far. I would drive Mullholland Highway in Santa Monica Mountains NRA to find Sycamore. They are bright red-orange now.

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