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Australian Tea Trees in Black & White

Jan 21, 2011 by Lisa Newton

If you’ve ever visited Palisades Park in Santa Monica, you’ve come across a few interesting trees.

Among the most unusual are the knotted and gnarled Australian Tea Trees. Twisted and knobby, these trees are only one of the many varieties of trees found in the Park.

These are a part of what Venice developer, Abbot Kinney, wanted.

And because he was a big fan of the Australian, Monterey Cypress and Eucalyptus trees.

Now, there are five major tree varieties located in Palisades Park:

Although each and every one of these trees are a kind treasure, today’s feature photographs are those from the Australian Tea Tree species:

Salt resistant and very hardy, the Australian Tea Tree, although not native to Southern California, fits in very well with the climate here. Used to stabilize the sand, this tree also has a myriad of other uses, including relaxing on a hot winter day:

So, the next time you’re in Palisades Park, don’t forget to take notice of the trees, although at a few locations, it’s impossible not to notice them because they meander right across the walkway.

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