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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2006
Regional Report

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Free Bulbs for San Jose Residents
San Jose residents can beautify public spaces in their neighborhoods with free bulbs provided by San Jose Beautiful. For the past 12 years, the program has provided daffodils free of charge to city residents for planting at a local park, school, or even median strip. For the first time the program will include sample packets of California native bulbs: one-leaved onion and Ithuriel's Spear. These bulbs require no maintenance after planting and add seasonal color to the landscape. For more information, call (408) 723-1574. To request bulbs, visit:

Favorite or New Plant

Chinese Pistache
If I had to pick a favorite tree, it would have to be the elegant Chinese pistache. The pleasing, round shape is easy to maintain, especially if the trees are trained when they are young. Pistache do not need cold temperatures to achieve fall color; as a matter of fact, they are the only tree that will color up in desert conditions. Plant pistache in a sunny location in well-drained soil, and water deeply but infrequently. It's resistant to oak root fungus and thrives in alkaline soil.

My favorite thing about the Chinese pistache? After the beautiful fall color, it loses all of its leaves in a two- to three-week period.


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