California Autumn

I’m originally from Canada, so it took me awhile to appreciate the subtleties of a California autumn. Our boys wore shorts on Halloween night and I walked home from a party earlier that week in a sleeveless costume. In Ontario our Mom insisted on coats, even though we grumbled at the injustice of our “spoiled” ensembles.

We planted a carefully placed Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) as a reminder of this lovely season. It gradually produces ocher, amber and other golden shades, before the wind sweeps the leaves to the grass below. Our lone tree sits on our suburban lot, but it reminds me of my early roots. In my imagination our tree resides in a New England forest, surrounded by others dropping leaves on the earthen floor. Our Pistache is easily viewed from my kitchen sink and my home office, a wistful reminder of another time.

I do love spring, with the warming sun and wonderful rebirth, but in my heart of hearts, its autumn that firmly takes hold.

Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)

2 thoughts on “California Autumn

  1. Thanks, Alys! I’m looking to take out our hard-to-care for small peach tree and was looking to put in a colorful fall tree for our front yard — Chinese pistache tree it is!

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    • That’s awesome, Jan! It is on the list of “approved street trees” in San Jose, because of its well-behaved roots. The leaves are so small when they drop that it seems one or two turns with the rake and we are done. A great overall neighborhood tree IMO.

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