Introduced for landscaping, exotic trees provide shade, scent, and flowers in the Baldwin Hills. These exotic trees come from temperate parts of North America and other Mediterranean climate areas that share Los Angeles’ hot, dry summers and cooler, wetter winters. Some exotic trees are naturalizing, such as the Peruvian Pepper (Schinus molle) from South America, Red Iron Bark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) from Australia, and Aleppo Pine (Pinus halapensis) from the Western Mediterranean. A naturalized plant is an exotic plant that no longer needs human help to reproduce or sustain themselves in a non-native area and can be ecologically disruptive.
For more information:
- Vegetation of the Baldwin Hills – Longcore and Noujdina (2016)
- Vegetation of the Baldwin Hills – Valerie Anderson (2001)
- Baldwin Hills Plant Life – Dave Marqua (1978)
- Weed Management Plan for the Baldwin Hills – Daniel S. Cooper (2012)
- Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (2008 and ongoing)