Friday, October 16, 2009

Invasion of Color

I've lived in California for 39 years. When I go back to Missouri (pronounced Mazzuhra
by the locals) in the fall I'm reminded of the amazing display of fall color in that almost
entirely deciduous forest. In California, near the coast, we have to rely on exotics from
ecosystems near and far. One of the trees now blazing away is the ornamental Chinese
Pistache (Pistacia chinensis). Here are two photos of this stunning introduction from
parts of China. Enjoy it while you can. In Texas it's considered an invasive plant.
It's showing up in Sacramento riparian habits as an escapee.
Soon to be on the hit list of the native plant enthusiasts in California.

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