The brightest spots of fall/winter color aren't on our property. They're across the street in the neighbors' front garden.
|These noID maples across the street put on a good show every year|
But I do have a few plants that turn color when our temperatures drop, as they have in the last few weeks.
|Abelia x grandiflora|
|One of the 2 species of guava trees in my garden, neither of which I can definitively identify|
|This peach tree was uncovered when the gigantic Yucca elephantipes was removed. It sits at the unfenced boundary line between us and our next-door neighbor at the bottom of our back slope.|
|Persimmon 'Fuyu' produced some colorful foliage, while the leaves of 'Hachiya' simply turned brown and dropped|
I've got berries developing on the Nandina domestica, the Auranticarpa rhombifolium, the self-planted noID Cotoneaster and the Arbutus 'Marina' trees but nothing does berries here like Heteromeles arbutifolia, commonly known as the California Holly or Toyon.
|This tree-like shrub sits on the backyard boundary between us and our next-door neighbor|
Some plants are confused. The fig tree dropped most of its leaves in response to the heat in late summer and early fall but, when the temperatures cooled and we got some rain, fresh new leaves began to appear.
|Fresh new fig leaves contrasting with one of the older leaves still on the tree|
Meanwhile, the ornamental pear, Pyrus calleryana, the tree that produces the largest mass of colorful leaves on our property, looks as green as it did in mid-summer.
|The tree is just now dropping its tiny unpalatable fruits and the first few leaves are coloring up|
I checked my photos to see when the Pyrus turned color in prior years and it appears that it's also right on schedule. I should see more color within the next several weeks. I clearly need to shake the perception that foliage color is a fall phenomenon - here it's really a brief winter event.
Best wishes for a colorful weekend, wherever you are.
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