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  • May’s Tree of the Month: Monterey Pine

    A tree is a versatile metaphor for life itself — indeed, examples of this are scattered across our cultural history as a thousand leaves upon an autumn lawn. From the tempting fruits of Eden to the meditative enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama beneath the sacred Bodhi tree; from the shrouded mystery of J.K. Rowling’s Forbidden Forest …
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  • April’s Tree of the Month: Deodar Cedar
    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Looking up into the canopy above me, on an afternoon stroll across the Arboretum grounds, a sure sign of the turn of spring catches my eye. Behold, such a burst of vibrant green! The radiance of youth glimmers in the sun, emerging from the end of each branch, this ...
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  • March’s Tree of the Month: Cork Oak
    Perhaps no singular tree in the entire Cypress Lawn Arboretum collection is so grand as this – unassuming, still, in the lee of the ever-so-stately Hammond family monument, its gargantuan branches reach for the sun in all directions. Its evergreen leaves catch the afternoon light and flicker delicately on the eastward Pacific breeze. Its mighty ...
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  • February’s Tree of the Month: Monterey Cypress
    By Josh Gevertz, Arboretum Director at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park  As our namesake tree at the Cypress Lawn Arboretum, the Monterey cypress is a unique species that we treasure as a distinguished feature throughout our growing collection. With nearly 200 specimens living in our Memorial Park, some as old as Cypress Lawn itself and others ...
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