Foto Fun Wednesday

The garden is abloom so I can let my fingers rest and let the pictures do the talking.

First some pictures from my garden, which by the way will be featured on the California Native Plant Society garden tour on April 22.  Tea and crumpets will be served.

Then a few from super-Rambler groupie Sarah who was up on Shelf/Fuelbreak road yesterday.

Finally I’ve included another mystery plant for you intrepid solvers.  Pretty sure its non-native, on Shelf road, a tree almost 20 feet tall.  The pics I included are from saplings growing nearby.  I could probably figure it out with a little effort, but of course that’s what you are here for.

 

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6 Responses to Foto Fun Wednesday

  1. doctorkdog says:

    Your mystery tree is highly invasive, seems to love Ojai, and should probably be removed from Shelf road (but if it disappears any time soon, I didn’t do it!).

  2. Judith Gustafson says:

    Ailanthus altissima? (Chinese tree of heaven, aka A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

    • ojairambler says:

      That looks right to me Judith! I’ve heard of ‘A tree grows in Brooklyn’ (heck I lived in Astoria, Queens for 6 years) but had no idea what specific tree it referred to. Thanks a bunch.

  3. Yep Tree of Heaven, very indestructible tree (needs no water except what it finds in the ground) and can grow in very hot places. The Chinese during the Gold Rush to California seemed to have brought it along as it was a living pharmacopia. You will see this tree growing near settlements along highway 49 in the Gold Country of California. Apparently the tree was brought first to the east coast of the U.S. before then. They’re best pulled out when young, but when cut will re sprout from the stump. If you’re Patty Pagalin (Pesticide Free Ojai) you’ll tell other people to dig it out, if you’re almost anyone else you’ll poison it at the stump.

    • Judith Gustafson says:

      At our previous home, our neighbors allowed this critter to grow along our property line, and we were constantly invaded by the offspring (and by castor bean plant along the other property line). I spent mucho time seeking and destroying unwanted sprouts from both of these foreigners. I learned the name of ailanthus on a walk along lower creek road when I asked a homeowner there what it was. He said in his neighborhood it was commonly known, none too fondly, as “Bakersfield Weed.”

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