Fullerton Arboretum Blog

Spreading the roots of togetherness

   Jan 11

California Bay

plantOfMonth1Umbellularia californica ; California Bay is a large hardwood tree native to coastal forests of California
and slightly extended into the state of Oregon. The tree’s pungent leaves have a similar flavor to bay
leaves, though stronger, and it may be mistaken for Bay Laurel. The dry wood has a color range from
blonde (like maple) to brown (like walnut). It is an evergreen tree growing to 30 m tall with a trunk up
to 80 cm thick. The largest recorded tree is in Mendocino County, California, and measured (as of 1997)
108 feet (33 m) in height and 119 feet (36 m) in spread. The fragrant leaves are smooth-edged and
lance-shaped, 3–10 cm long and 1.5–3 cm broad, similar to the related Bay Laurel though usually
narrower, and without the crinkled margin of that species. plantOfMonthThe fruit, also known as “California Bay
nut”, is a round and green berry 2–2.5 cm long and 2 cm broad, lightly spotted with yellow, maturing
purple. Under the thin, leathery skin, it consists of an oily, fleshy covering over a single hard, thin shelled
pit, and resembles a miniature avocado. The fruit ripens around November in the
native range.
Umbellularia; meaning small umbel, referring to the inflorescence, californica; from California.
It can be found at the top of Chaparral hill.

   Dec 26

Birds in Art 2015

December 28th 2015-February 22nd 2016 “Birds in Art”

Grand Opening Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Below: “Homage to the World’s Largest Rubber Duck” by David Milton.





Delta Grandeur

Whether the subjects are backyard feeder favorites or exotic species from around the world, an international cast of artists interprets avian themes and habitats employing diverse styles and mediums.


   Dec 22

Red Shouldered Bugs

bug1Red Shouldered Bugs,
and their similar looking but less numerous relatives, the Box Elder bugs, can be found year-round in the Deciduous Woodland, under and around the Chinese Flame tree. If you look carefully at the leaf litter, you may notice the tiny, bright red babies. Males turn dark gray-black as they mature, and have full length wings. Females have large red abdomens and sometimes retain their small wing-buds even at maturity. Mating pairs are often seen.
These “true bugs” feed on seeds with their needle-like mouth parts, but will also suck sap from foliage, flowers, buds or oozing stems. In spite of their large numbers, they don’t seem to damage the trees and plants. Because they are easy to find and harmless for kids to handle, they are a Bug Safari favorite!bugLady
bug2*All photos by Cindy Calisher.bug3

   Dec 20

How did it get so late so soon?

Fullerton Arboretum Sun

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~Dr. Seuss