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Are Palm Trees Native to Southern California?

Although the palm tree has come to be symbolic of Southern California, the only truly native palm is the California or Washington palm (Washingtonia filifera). All other varieties were originally imported. Southern California saw a huge surge in palm plantings during the 1920s and 1930s, many of which still line L.A. streets today.

Source: Los Angeles A to Z by Leonard & Dale Pitt.

 

 

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