LA's Palm Trees Are Dying - Backpacker

LA's Palm Trees Are Dying

In 1990, the city tallied up some 75,000 palms. But as they die off, they're being replaced by native trees.
LA palm trees

Palms like this may become a thing of the past.

According to this story in the Los Angeles Times, the city decorated itself with palm trees in the late 19th and early 20th century to attract newcomers. But now they're threatened by a fungus and an invasive pest, and the city has chosen to replace them with native species that are shadier and more tolerant of drought.