I love driving along San Vicente Boulevard between Brentwood and Santa Monica, with the beautiful coral trees that adorn its entire five-mile stretch, from the western edge of the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus to the coast in Santa Monica.
I recently learned that this species of coral tree is original of South Africa, and that the trees along San Vicente Boulevard have been there since 1950. I also learned that in 1966 the Los Angeles City Council declared the coral tree the city’s official tree, and in 1976 the San Vicente stand was declared a city historic-cultural monument. A very well deserved honor.
Since early February the coral trees have started to bloom and I can’t wait to see what it’ll look like when they are all in full bloom. I hope they don’t disappoint me…
For now, here are a few photos of the San Vicente trees taken over the past four months.