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Freeman maple (background), LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens (11/17/20) Frank McDonough

When the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens pop, they POP!

Although the Arboretum’s Frank McDonough rates the color as just reaching Near Peak, it sure looks like it’s peaking. He says only half the winter deciduous foliage is showing peak color, with dramatic Gingko biloba to turn color in coming weeks.

This means, the LA County Arboretum (and other botanic gardens in the southland) have a way to go before autumn ends. It is a definite go-to place on Orange Friday (the day following Thanksgiving Day), if you’re looking for something inspiring to do that involves being outside.

A row of deep red “Autumn Blaze” Freeman maple (Acer ‘Jeffersred’) are competing with flowering plants in the garden.

Photographers position themselves around Baldwin Lake to photograph the orange-red reflections of wild grape climbing palm trees.

Wild grape, Baldwin Lake, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (11/17/20) Frank McDonough

Everywhere you look, right now, striking Autumn blaze maple beg for attention. The showy red foliage of these Freeman cultivars show their descent from red and silver maple, propagation that occurs both in the nursery and the wild.

American elm (forground), Autumn Blaze maple, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (11/17/20) Frank McDonough
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