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Wild Orange County Christmas Trees

November 29, 2010

Orange County’s oldest Regional Park is Irvine Park, donated by the Irvine family in 1897.  Since 1997, I’ve put in more than a few miles on the surrounding network of hill-trails which are full of wild plants and animals, and which make every hike or trail run an adventure.

Now that Christmas is approaching, a stroll through the middle of the park reveals a rare growth on the centuries-old native oaks (Quercus agrifolia):

Long before there was electricity, however, there was this winter tree decoration:  mistletoe (Phoradendron villosum) on Western sycamore (Platanus racemosa).

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