On this page, I have revisited many of the topics we covered in Introduction to Horticulture taught by Darlene Pickell at UCLA Extension (Summer 2011) and sought to apply them to our property.
Climate Zone Designation for our Property:
- American Horticultural Society Heat Zone Map: Zone 8
- USDA Cold Hardiness Map: Zone 9b/10a
- Sunset Western Climate Zone Map: 21
Examples of plants in the garden illustrating differences between biological classifications
(applicable photos are below the caption in each case)
Angiosperm: flowering plants that produce fruits and seeds within, such as this Rhamnus californica with seed bearing fruit just emerging (August 2011).
Dicot: Angiosperm that is typically woody, showing branched, reticulated leaf veins and flowering in petal clusters of 5s. The first example is Arctostaphylos viridissima (Manzanita). The second example is Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’.
Leaf Type: Palmately Compound [?], as on this Acer palmatum
Leaf Type: Double Pinnately Compound, as on this Nandina domestica
Leaf Arrangements: Whorled, as in this Pittorsporum tobira variegata
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite, as in this Mahonia repens