Let there be shade! (eventually)

Photo by Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — Thanks to Dan Gershon for sending in a photo of the new trees planted on West Silver Lake Drive next to the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Council District 13 said 33 Chinese Flame and African Sumac trees were planted along a sun-baked portion of the reservoir walking path earlier this month in partnership with City Plants, the Los Angeles Beautification Team and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.  The trees were planted in time for Saturday’s (Feb. 10) grand opening of the new walking path atop the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Update: An earlier version of the story identified the trees as Chinese Flame and Australian Willows based on information provided by the council office. But, as readers in the comment section pointed out, those are not Australian Willows.  They are African Sumac. “Australian Willows were not available at the nursery, so we planted African Sumac with the Chinese Flame trees,” said a council office spokesman explaining the mix up.

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  1. Wow, imagine that.. the elite denizens of Silver Lake are allowing the only accessible open space in the area to actualize improvements that would make it more appealing as well as function more like park.

    Too bad they didn’t have the tolerance for others that would’ve actually turned it into a park and taken down those hideous chainlink fences.

  2. That stretch was planted with trees in 2006(ish) …and they all died with thin a year or so. (Cars driving over them and lack of water.) What did they do differently this time to prevent a similar outcome? Or are they simply disposable decoration for the event?

  3. I only saw ones labeled “Goldenrain” and “African Sumac.” African Sumac does resemble Australian Willow and the ones labeled “Goldenrain” are all apparently dormant right now, so it’s hard to tell whether they’re Koelreuteria paniculata or Koelreuteria bipinnata (both native to Asia). I didn’t note their scientific names, though. My question, however, is why are we continually planting non-natives? Doesn’t it make more sense to plant native trees?

    • Agreed, the ones with leaves are African Sumac, not Aussie Willow. I suspect that someone may have made a mistake, since Aussie willow are planted further north on W. Silver Lake Blvd. I’m also unsure why native trees aren’t considered, but at least they’ve picked ones which are from similar climates and are low water plants (after the first year, at least – and they’d better water them this time!).

    • The city makes senseless decisions like these all the time, they contradict themselves. There are countless list of invasive plants that should not be planted in Southern California and they just ignore them. Just last week I saw them planting Ice Plant cuttings all over the sides of the 101 Freeway in East L.A. It used to really irritate me, but now I’ve given up.

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