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The Case for the Big Cone Spruce as California's Tree

Forget non-native palm trees, argues this Angeles National Forest crew leader.

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When one thinks of the trees of Southern California, one often pictures non-native palms–which is a shame, argues an Angeles National Forest crew leader. Instead, consider the big cone spruce (aka the big cone Douglas fir), a SoCal fixture with adapted, fire-resistant bark and the ability hold lots of moisture in the soil.