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European White Birch
Red Japanese Maple
Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass
Japanese Black Pine
Japanese Boxwood
European White Birch

Common name:European White Birch
Botanical name:Betula pendula

This medium-size weeping tree will grow to about 40' tall and has a whitish-brown bark with deciduous green leaves.

Red Japanese Maple

Common name:Red Japanese Maple
Botanical name:Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

This Japanese Maple grows as a small, deciduous tree complete with palmate leaves that turn red and endure for the entire season.

Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass

Common name:Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass
Botanical name:Pennisetum messiacum

The clumping Pennisetum is most effectively used in mass plantings where the dark, almost black flowers can wave in the wind. Although originally thought to be an evergreen, it goes semi-dormant in most climates in Southern CA. Requires moderate water through the summer. Grows to 2' tall and 2' wide. Should be cut back annually to promote fresh growth. Should not be planted near natural areas.

Japanese Black Pine

Common name:Japanese Black Pine
Botanical name:Pinus thunbergii

This variety of pine is both rigid and twisted, with needles of 3"-4". It has an irregular shape, and the short, contorted branches produce a canopy-shaped tree. The buds are white, and the cones are egg-shaped and without prickles.

Japanese Boxwood

Common name:Japanese Boxwood
Botanical name:Buxus microphylla japonica

Japanese Boxwood is often used as a hedge. It is compact, with small bright green leaves. It can reach 4-6' tall and wide or be kept smaller through pruninig. It can be sheared to shape. It does better in areas with milder winters. It prefers full sun and a moderate amount of water.

Sustainable Landscape Renovation

We can identify at least 11 steps of sustainable landscape renovation for consideration. They include critical design, installation and maintenance practices that conform to good principles of appropriate horticulture.

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Designer: Jeff Gamboni Landscape Archite

Sit Down and Watch the Water

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.