Fall foliage is different in Southern California. It's a Christmas present
Southern California's fall foliage is different from that on the East Coast, writes Emily Green on the Times' Home blog. That's why we are seeing so many leaves fall around Christmas:
It takes a hard heart not to swoon when the liquidambars that line so many streets in greater Los Angeles conduct their flaming descent into dormancy. As if entire city blocks drawn together in a season finale weren't an eloquent enough elegy for a calendar year, the scarlet confetti of crape myrtle trees and the golden last gasp of ginkgos join the orchestra in a way that makes November and December the Southern Californian equivalent of fall back East. There is, of course, a "but" coming, and it's a big one. We're not back East. Although the yearly curtain call of these exotic trees is undeniably glorious, they have a timing problem. It's barely fall. Winter solstice is just four days away. How bothered you are by this lag depends on how you feel about leaf blowers working on Christmas Day.
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