NATURAL LA JOLLA:
It's the beginning of fall here in San Diego, but our temperatures are still lovely and warm. This amazing climate allows us to have beautiful flowering trees and shrubs all year round, even as the weather starts to cool.
One stunner of a tree is the African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata). It is blooming right now around La Jolla and throughout San Diego. Native to sub-Saharan Africa, this tree can become invasive in more tropical climates than ours.
Also called the nandi flame tree (for the bright red blooms), it grows to about 30-feet tall in our area. The name of the tree is due to the shape of the beautiful...