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Blazing in LA County

Blaze Autumn, Freeman’s maple, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (10/20/21) Frank McDonough

When our anchor leg runner starts stripping sweats, we know the end of autumn lies ahead. And, California Fall Color’s anchor runner is LA County.

No more beautiful place in LA County to see diverse and vivid autumn color is found than at its Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia.

So, when the Arboretum’s doyen of autumn sent his first photo today, I thought, “What! Already?”

It was received earlier than expected, though Frank McDonough’s selection was not unexpected. This year’s early dresser, like the Hollywood star it is, likes to upstage all the other trees and plants at the Arboretum. Blaze Autumn, a Freeman’s maple loves to put on the Ritz in bold crimson and brash orange. If Blaze was a Hollywood celebrity walking a red carpet, the carpet would look up in envy.

Other plants at the Arboretum pretend to be as colorful as Blaze, but they never compare … at least as far as upstaging goes.

  • The LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (482′) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
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